My name is Sam Greenberg and I am the Founder and CEO of MS4MS. I grew up in Guilford, CT, currently live in Annapolis, MD and am the youngest of five siblings. I went to college at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) where I received my degree in Interpersonal Communication back in 2012.
As my college baseball career came to a close, I took the leap and began this incredible non-profit organization in honor of my grandmother who suffered from MS for over 30 years. Through the help of so many people I was able to turn an idea into a reality and could not be more thankful for everyone who helped make this possible.
My name is Alison Mannino. I am an MS Warrior and Lead MS Ambassador for MS4MS. In February 2000 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, in my senior year of college. I used the diagnosis as a catalyst to broaden my horizons and move to a new city and start a great new chapter in my life. Since then, I have found family and friends and consistently spread awareness about MS. One goal I have always had is to be there for anyone who needs to talk about MS. If they have it, if they care for someone who has it or if they just want to understand it better I want to be there for them. I am so glad that I found MS4MS and they welcomed me with open arms. Finding a group of people who are just as dedicated to spreading awareness as I am is AMAZING!
My name is Dario Pizzano and I am the MS4MS Director of Fundraising. I am honored to be a part of this organization and use the game I love to help spread awareness of Multiple Sclerosis and raise funds to ultimately help find a cure for MS.
This cause holds a special place in my heart as my mother, Tracie Pizzano, has been suffering from MS for over 20 years and this is the perfect opportunity to help support her by using my love for baseball. My two siblings and I are ready to join the fight against MS in support of all MS Warriors, but specifically for our mom. She has been there for us every step of the way and now it is our turn to be there for her.
My name is Julian Uccello. I am an official Lead Soccer MS Warrior Ambassador for MS4MS. I was diagnosed in February 2011 with Multiple Sclerosis which made my professional soccer career in Europe come to an end. Since then, I have been always wanting to be a part of a special group of people that all have the same ideas and same goals in the MS industry. My main goal is to make sure we can raise as much money as possible to help find a cure for MS and give back to the MS community. One thing I have learned is that with MS there are so many unknowns, trials and so many different medications but without the strength from all of us with MS, it will only get worse. We all need to stay strong and keep fighting because MS will be beat.
My name is Garrett Owen and I am the Executive Editor for MS4MS. I grew up and currently live in Stratford, CT. An important aspect of my life is I have been living with a disability my entire life. I was born with Arthrogryposis, which is a muscle and joint disease, and recently have been diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic disorder causing progressive muscle degeneration. Having been in a wheelchair since I was 10 years old, I have learned many valuable life lessons. This has given me a unique perspective that helps me get through each and every day with a positive attitude. I truly believe that the best way to make a positive impact on the world is to serve others that need help the most, which is why I chose to work for a great cause and an incredible organization. I went to college at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) where I received a degree in Journalism.
A few years after graduation, I worked on my book but I was still trying to find the right opportunity to focus my time and energy on given my new medical diagnosis. That is when I was asked to join this incredible non-profit organization as the executive editor. My mom has MS so this is a cause that is very important to me. I take this opportunity as a blessing and hope my work along with the work of many other wonderful people at MS4MS can help those who are fighting MS!
My name is Mary Jordan, and I am the official Lead Equestrian Ambassador for MS4MS, as well as a member of Team USA at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, competing in the sport of Para Dressage.
In October 2002 I became the third person in my family diagnosed with this Multiple Sclerosis. At the time I was a working journalist, active equestrian competitor and coach, wife, and the mother of a 5-year-old son. I have experienced the entire spectrum of this disease firsthand, first as a child of an MS patient—my father James was a quadriplegic living at a time when there were no MS treatments available—to later becoming a patient myself raising a family. Told MS was “not hereditary” our family experienced the initial shock when my sister and I both were both diagnosed. Later my sister and I experienced the joy and advent of life-changing disease modifying therapies. To date, I am the subject of multiple MS studies in Boston to better understand this disease.
My goal in life is to share my personal experiences and spread awareness and hope to individuals and families. My sport is the conduit to my message: instead of “telling” someone they will be OK, I seek to be a living, breathing example of what a person with MS can do! I am a big proponent of health, wellness ,treatment and lifestyle changes. When coupled with identifying what each person’s unique individual passions might be in life, I believe we can each create a spark that can motivate us toward the best possible outcomes!
I have devoted my life to help individuals and families face the challenges of this disease, which touches every aspect of family life, physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially. It is an honor to work with MS4MS on their mission to raise funds for research, as well as develop support for people in need. Together we can continue to change the landscape of MS to make a difference!
MS Warrior & MS4MS Ambassador
MS Warrior & MS4MS Ambassador
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MS Warrior Ambassador & Advisory Board Member
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