Mercy Foundation receives important funding for multiple sclerosis program

Mercy Foundation receives funding for MS program.Through Mercy Foundation, the Dignity Health MS Achievement Center has been awarded a three-year, $750,000 grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, in support of the center’s programs and services offered to people and their families facing the challenges of multiple sclerosis in Sacramento and the Northern California region. This is the second three-year grant awarded to the MS Achievement Center (MSAC) through Mercy Foundation. The Hilton Foundation’s first gift in 2013 provided the necessary startup capital and operational expenses for the Dignity Health MS Achievement Center which opened in February 2014.

The MS Achievement Center is the only one of its kind in Northern California.

“We are extremely grateful to the Hilton Foundation for its generous gift,” said Dr. John Schafer, medical director of the MS Achievement Center. “This grant will positively impact the health and well-being of people living with MS in the region who attend our core and adjunct programs.”

“Dignity Health and the MS Achievement Center through their programs and services have greatly enhanced the quality of life for MS patients and their families,” said Elizabeth Cheung, Senior Program Officer, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. “We appreciate all that they do and are honored that we can give this grant to provide access to day wellness programs for people living with MS in Northern California.”

“The program’s expansion has been phenomenal and has surpassed expectations,” said Brian Hutchinson, director, MS Achievement Center. “It is truly making a difference in the lives of people living with MS. So many of our MSAC members look forward to coming to the center every week, where they participate in the programs as well as make friends who understand what they’re going through and offer emotional support for each other.”

In addition to the day wellness programs, the MS Achievement Center offers support partners’ groups, a book club, writing as healing and educational programs focused on financial wellness, nutrition and social support.