In October, 2012 Minnesota Wild goal tender, Josh Harding, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) – a complex inflammatory disease that attacks the body’s immune system and affects the central nervous system.
It’s always difficult to hear about a friend being diagnosed with a serious disease and I remember exactly how I felt when I heard that my pal, Josh, was diagnosed with MS. My heart sank and I wondered why bad things always seem to happen to good people like him.
In Josh’s case there seems to be an answer because, he is turning a negative into a positive. First, he kept on playing hockey, because he wanted to show the public that being diagnosed with MS doesn’t mean you have to stop living your life. And then he created Harding’s Hope. A charity that brings hope to people who have MS.
Harding’s Hope is spreading awareness about the disease, raising funds to support people who have MS, and assisting individuals who can not afford treatments and medications to make sure they receive what they need.
I’m honored that Josh asked me to be at his kickoff event today at the Pour House in downtown Minneapolis. Hope to see you there!