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The Bow Tie Project

Sometimes our life gives us challenges that on the surface seem insurmountable, however with quiet reflection and considerate assistance we can attain unforeseen heights. These words ring true for many of us on a daily basis. The key to our success or failure rests in that quiet reflection and considerate assistance.

What is the Bow Tie Project? How did it get started? Both answers are rooted at the Faulkner Hospital in Boston where the medical team of Steve Drewniak, Larry Starr and Paul Rizzolli, have opened doors to a clear vision and a determined mission to treat and hopefully defeat the autoimmune disease of Multiple Sclerosis.

You see, my wife and best friend Chris, was diagnosed with this disease in March of 2004 through the determined efforts of these physicians. The quiet reflection and considerate assistance that I have mentioned was, and is, ever present at the Faulkner Campus of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Paul Rizzoli, Chris’ Neurologist, sports a bow tie daily as he visits patients and oversees their care. On one of our visits to him I casually commented on his tie, only to receive from him a week later, a catalogue complete with a wide selection of bow ties and a printed “how to” manual to successfully master this haberdashery accessory.

Picture if you will the fumbling and bumbling as I attempted to learn this art and to incorporate this new look into my wardrobe. It was during one of these attempts to tie my bow tie that I had an Epiphany. I was trying to teach myself to physically do something different, to re-learn how to accomplish a movement to complete a task.

A simple process was causing me frustration and I decided that the closet full of four-in-hand ties was simpler and easier, so why bother. Looking at my disheveled attempt at a bow tie, I suddenly realized that this was nothing compared to what Chris was facing on a daily basis to meet change in her physical, mental and emotional circumstances arising from her diagnosis of MS. After some quiet reflection of my own, I wiped my now tear stained eyes and proceeded to make that bow and to wear it in her honor.

Many folks have commented on my new “fashion statement” some with amusement, some with wonder and others with disdain. But they comment! Here is why I have decided to start this initiative. From now on, when I am wearing a bow-tie (and I don’t contend that I am going to get rid of that closet full of four-in-hands that I mentioned) and someone comments about it, I will present a card that will direct him or her to The Bow Tie Project web site that you are viewing.

Included there will be information and links to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Their web site has volumes of wonderful information about this dreaded disease. It also has information about how you can get involved. The race for a cure is an ongoing effort, contributions, donations and spreading the word of this organizations wonderful work will speed the process.

I will also include a link to my favorite bow tie company. Maybe you will order one and start wearing it. And when you do, think of Chris and pass on the word about MS and the challenges that it presents.

Keep our family in your prayers and we in turn will be ever thankful. With quiet reflection and considerate assistance we firmly believe in miracles!

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