Walk MS: West Palm Beach 2018

Team Rocco

Our goal—a world free of MS.

Born and raised in New York, Rocco grew up in the restaurant business. After carefully studying his grandfather’s prowess as general manager of NYC's famed Copacabana Nightclub, Rocco decided to chase his dream- successfully opening his first Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar in 2007 on Clematis Street in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Ten years and countless trips to Mexico later, the well-researched visionary sits atop the Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar empire, as co-owner and managing partner of locations including Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Delray Beach and Brooklyn.

Rocco’s commitment to success extends beyond his restaurants and into the communities they serve. Over the last several years, he has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for breast cancer research, as well as personally contributed time and energy to various philanthropic causes including ALS Association, Leukemia/Lymphoma Society; JustWorld International; YMCA's Polo for Pedro fundraiser; Vanilla Ice’s Toys for Tots fundraiser; Habitat for Humanity; Genesis Work Dogs; Tri-County Humane Society; March of Dimes; Palm Beach Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation- just to name a few.

Rocco was diagnosed with MS in late 2016, after he experienced a temporary paralysis on one side of his body. Since then, Rocco has been fortunate enough to visit the best doctors in the US and is on a strict diet and medication regiment that is expected to stop the disease’s progression. There are millions, however, who are not as fortunate and continue to struggle every day with finding effective treatment options.

“Coming to terms with my diagnosis wasn’t easy," said Mangel. “From my research, I realized that MS is often a misunderstood disease- people need help understanding what they are up against. As a person living with MS, I want newly diagnosed people to realize they have power over MS and assist them in finding the resources they need to proactively manage their disease.”

I've set an ambitious goal to help eradicate MS because I know that with support from people like you, we can get there. The money raised will help fund amazing progress in MS research, as well as services that ensure people affected by MS can live their best lives. This cause is really important to me, so I hope you will help me end MS forever.

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About MS

When you make a donation, you are changing the world for people affected by MS. Symptoms of MS range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide, and there is not yet a cure. Every dollar raised matters to those affected by MS. Thank you for your support.

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Progress: 127.102%

Goal $50,000.00 Achieved $63,551.00

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