PHOTO COURTESY OF ROBIN MCGRAW
Left to right: Josh, Robin and
NOW means NOW
Two years ago, McGraw’s niece,
the daughter of his older brother
Josh, was diagnosed with MS
in her late 20s. McGraw was
able to help guide his family
through the initial steps of
her diagnosis and treatment.
Later that year, while at an MS
research conference in New York
City, McGraw and his sister-in-law, Sacha, went on a lab tour
at New York University that
opened their eyes.
“To actually see myelin—the
fatty sheath that protects the
nerve endings that are destroyed
by MS attacks—being created
in a petri dish and to watch the
effects as it regenerated in lab
mice with damaged myelin, was
inspiring.” McGraw believes it
is only a matter of time before
researchers will be able to restore
the function lost to MS, to stop
the disease in its tracks and to
put an end to MS forever.
“My brothers and I were
taught at a very young age that
there is no other way to lead
than by example,” McGraw
says. “The research has come
such a long way and my niece
is counting on all of us to join
together to finally lick this
thing.” Last year, McGraw made
a $50,000 gift to the NOW (No
Opportunity Wasted) campaign;
this year, he and his brothers,
Josh and David, through the
Donald C. McGraw Foundation,
committed $1 million to the
Gary Sullivan is content project manager for the Society.
Give what you can—NOW
We have reached the point when individual efforts can be made
exponentially stronger through support and collaboration. Stand
together with Robin, Josh and David McGraw to raise $250 million to
fuel MS research.
We will focus on all the most promising opportunities. One path
unexplored is one too many left behind. We will stop the progression
of MS and restore everything people have lost. Anything less is not
far enough. And NOW, we will end MS forever, so that everyone is
safe in the future.
Be part of the Research Revolution.
nationalMSsociety.org/now or call 1-800-344-4867 to
take the first step and give what you can.