Josh Harding’s goals for Harding’s Hope, the nonprofit he founded to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis and raise funds to support people living with MS.
“My goal with this charity is to give hope to people who are living with MS and let them know that they are not alone. I would like to raise awareness so people understand what MS is and raise funds to support people living with multiple sclerosis. The more I learn about MS, the more I realize how important it is to have a team, to be able to afford to take your medications and treatments, and also to live a happy life.
“I truly believe that if you’ve been diagnosed with MS, having your own team is very important. Whether your team consists of family members, friends, neighbors, doctors, or teammates, you need to be able to talk about your MS openly and know that your team has your back.
“You also need to be able to afford your medication and treatments. I didn’t realize before I was diagnosed how expensive MS treatments are. After talking to my doctors and people that are supporting my charity, I realized that this is where I want to focus most of my efforts. I would like people that have MS not to worry about the decision to either take their medication or put food on the table. If I can help take away the stress of them not being able to pay their bills, I think that would help them live a more healthy and fulfilling life.
“I have learned firsthand how important it is to have people that understand what you are going through and also that you always know that they will be there for you.
“Another goal I have personally is to do whatever I can in my power to make a difference. With everyone’s help, I think that we can make a true difference in this world!”