To raise global awareness and to provide exceptional support, information, activities, while interacting online and locally with people living with MS & chronic illness.
To create, manage and provide a multi-faceted organization that is progressive in adapting to the needs of people with MS, chronic illness, caregivers, and to create a bond with all team members and administrators involved with MSpals.
For years, Mary Pettigrew has envisioned putting together a group of people with MS to partner with her and help bring to life a place online and within local communities where people affected with MS can commune freely, learn and share stories. As Mary became more familiar with Twitter and other outlets, she discovered how wonderful and POWERFUL a tool utilizing social media can be. After much personal thought and networking/brainstorming with others in the MS community, a plan was put into action. Mary soon partnered with Carolyn Palmer, whom she’d met on Twitter, and together they decided it was time to hit the ground running and launch a program. So, in the late spring of 2014, an MSpal was founded. First launched on Twitter, MSpals quickly expanded to Facebook and other outlets. Since then, this passion project has continued to evolve.
In 2015, Momentum Magazine interviewed Mary and Carolyn for an article about “connecting” with MS and the benefits of networking and utilizing a support system via social media. Currently, MSpals can be found on Facebook (six special interest groups are currently offered as well – search the website for links and information). MSpals are also active on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Two groups are geared towards creative expression – a place inspired by and created for people with MS and chronic illness to participate. To this day, MSpals proudly maintains a combined membership of approximately 7000 people. These loyal members continue to inspire the administrative team to focus on the future vision of what MSpals can and WILL become! All administrators have morphed into an unstoppable team. They’ve all put their hearts and souls into ensuring that the needs of every member will be met or addressed to the best of everyone’s ability. They care…they are a family.