What do you call a bunny in a kilt? HOPSCOTCH!
Okay, so that joke may have been a stretch, but the mission for Hopping 4 A Cure (H4AC) is not! Hopping 4 A Cure™is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works on college campuses to raise money and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis through recess games and hopscotch tournaments. All money raised stays locally to help families or individuals affected by MS through means of scholarships and caregiver support. An MS patient from Dallas, Georgia stated our dream perfectly when she said, “One day I will be able to say I used to have MS.”
To understand Hopping 4 A Cure, you must first understand Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS is an immune-mediated, non-curable, and unpredictable disease of the central nervous system that messes with the connection between the brain and the body. In other words, this disease attacks the nerves in the brain, and causes a disrupt in communication. This seemingly obvious problem can cause various issues within each person diagnosed with MS. These symptoms can range from simple fatigue to trouble swallowing, and in severe cases, seizures or trouble breathing. MS is a treatable condition, but it is not curable. That is exactly what everyone is hoping and hopping for: a cure!
This organization is working to raise awareness among the younger generations though events and fundraisers during Hopping 4 A Cure Week. The University of Florida’s chapter is now hosting it’s semesterly fun-filled week—which happens to be starting TODAY and runs through Sunday the 17th (link to event below). Events are every night and cover a wide-range of interest from Game of Thrones trivia nights to pizza fundraisers and even poker nights! H4AC hosts this to lead up to the grand finale for the week…the Hopscotch Tournament. This year’s tournament will be Sunday from 3-6 pm on UF’s Broward Basketball Courts. So, you can bike, you can run, and you can walk. But…can you Hop?