I’m writing today with content that is different than my usual vintage treasure or DIY project. I want to tell you a little bit more about us and a cause that we want to get behind. In fact, it really is a DIY project after all. A DIY fundraiser…
In September Ryan was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. It has only been a few weeks since we received confirmation that he has this autoimmune disease that is attacking his central nervous system however he has been suffering from symptoms for several months if not years.
Although this is not the diagnosis we wished to receive, we are happy to be able to develop a treatment plan that works to keep Ryan’s symptoms in remission. We’re remaining positive and adjusting our lifestyle as needed. That includes walking, cycling, ballet & yoga. Yes, ballet and yoga. You should seem him in yoga pants! Kidding but he has mastered first and second position in ballet.
If you have been reading this blog for awhile, you know that Ryan is an instrumental part of Circa Dee. While vintage, styling & repurposing are my passions, Ryan has been a driving force in the projects that I come up with. He has lent his carpentry skills and knowledge in many projects. Ok probably all of them.
And that’s not going to change.
You may be familiar with our popular mason jar soap dispensers. They have been a great seller since we introduced them earlier this year. It all began after Ryan made just one for our home. Next thing you know we sold them like hot cakes.
I continue to source the vintage canning jars. I particularly love the very old ones with imperfections in the glass like air bubbles. We tested several style pumps this summer and settled on an industrial style one that is compatible with hand lotion, hand soap and dish soap.
Ryan has consistently made every soap dispenser lid even while experiencing numbness in his hand. Throughout the summer we did not know the cause of the tingling sensation. Now we have a diagnosis for it although there is no cure, only the hope that the symptoms stay in remission with the right treatment. Ryan has found that making the soap dispensers is therapeutic for him because it helps to strengthen his motor skills.
Moving forward we’d like to make a $1 donation to MS research for every mason jar soap dispenser we sell.
Mason Jar Soap Dispensers for MS. We’ve set up a DIY fundraiser with our local chapter of the MS Society where the donations will be deposited monthly in Ryan’s name. We’ve already made a deposit for September’s sales!
Research for this disease is near and dear to us for the obvious reason of finding a cure but also because Ryan is a Scientist by trade. Yup, he’s not all blue eyes and brawn around here. He’s a smarty pants too. Ryan has a PhD in Immunology & Microbiology. In his post-doc, he conducted stem cell research which is also a current therapy for MS.
We’ll certainly be looking for other ways to get involved in finding a cure for MS and raising funds to do so. You can expect to see us on the MS City to Shore bike ride next fall and maybe at a Zumbathon (in yoga pants), who knows! Let me know if you’d like to join our team for the bike ride.
Thanks for listening!
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