Two dedicated fundraisers and advocates have been formally recognised for their years of commitment to helping those in the multiple sclerosis (MS) community.
Mike and Katrina Hemingway, founding members of Foundation 5 Million have been awarded the 2014 John Studdy Award, MS Australia’s most prestigious honour, in recognition of their ongoing contribution to MS research.
“It is an incredible honour to be mentioned in the same breath as previous winners such as Carol and Roy Langsford, Simon McKeon and Andrew White,” Mike said.
“People with MS and their families are depending on MS Research Australia and MS Australia to keep driving for a cure. That is what motivates Katrina and me to keep working hard with the MS team.”
Mike was diagnosed with MS 10 years ago and the couple became determined to do whatever they could to help find a cure. Their efforts with Foundation 5 Million, a tight-knit community fundraising group, have already raised more than $5 million. This remarkable effort is helping to strengthen the research sector and raising awareness through fundraising events and initiatives.
Mike’s dedication to the cause has led to him speaking at many MS research and community events, consulting with the MS Research Australia Research Management Council, and becoming the Chairman of the MS Advisory Council NSW.
This year the couple joined 20 fellow fundraisers and walked more than 300km across England, raising over $200,000 for MS research. The Hemingway’s planned the ‘Coast2Coast Walk’ event in their spare time.
MS Australia Chief Executive Officer Debra Cerasa congratulated the pair on their extraordinary achievement.
“The Hemingway’s dedication and commitment to the MS community is purely admirable,” Ms Cerasa said.
“Their relentless pursuit for a cure and determination to see the best research funded is a true asset to our community and it is dedicated and passionate people like Katrina and Mike that will help us to eventually find a cure for MS.”