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Abby's Mitzvah Project - A Guest Blog

Posted October 22, 2014 and tagged with blog, guest.

by Abigail Katz

My name is Abigail Katz and I am 12 years old and in the 7th grade. I live in New Jersey with my mother Stacey, my father Adam and my older sister Jordyn. We are a very close family. When I was 4 years old my father was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. At that time, I really didn’t know what it was but I did know that he had to give himself injections every other day and sometimes he would have trouble with his hands and get bad headaches. He never kept his illness a secret and when he gave himself his injections he would have a calendar and a diagram of a body on his sink in the bathroom. It would be my job to circle in sharpie the part of his body on the piece of paper where he gave himself the shot and then write down the date. I was his assistant. 4 years after my father was diagnosed, his older sister was also diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

As I got older I learned more about Multiple Sclerosis and the impact it had on my father. I also knew that my father had really good doctors taking care of him and how important research into new medicines and a cure for MS is. I really don’t remember not knowing about Multiple Sclerosis because it’s always been part of my life.

This November I will be a Bat Mitzvah and as part of my preparation I must complete a Mitzvah Project (a good deed). I immediately knew I wanted to do something with Multiple Sclerosis and I worked with my mother doing research into different organizations where I can help. I eventually picked Race to Erase MS because as a kid, I thought it was really cool how many celebrities were helping also. I was going to raise as much money as I could in the hopes that this money would help with research and to find a cure for the disease that my father, my aunt and so many others have. In June of 2014 I held a spin event for kids in my town to raise awareness and all the proceeds raised went directly to the Race to Erase MS. In addition, I shared my fathers story via email to family, family friends and people throughout my community in the hopes that they would contribute to the Race to Erase MS. I also made bracelets which were sold in school and camp and all the kids wear them.

Not only did I educate people on Multiple Sclerosis and the Race to Erase MS, but, so far I have raised roughly $30,000. Even though my Bat Mitzvah is approaching, I will continue raising money and awareness for the Race to Erase MS. I have another Spin event in the works and I’m very excited to continue my relationship with this important organization!

I know that this money will go to good use and I am confident that in my lifetime I will say I was part of the cure.

For more information on Abby’s Mitzvah Project or to make a donation Click here


  • As a person who has had MS for14 years now I am so proud of you!! Like you my daughter Brittany was young she was 5 when I was diagnosed,and now she is in her first year of college to become a neurologist that specializes in MS. It is so amazing that such good things and people can come out of such horrible life changing circumstances. Much Love and thanks to you!!!!!!

    Christine Reil said (7 years, 7 months ago)
  • Dear Abby,
    Mazal Tov on your Bat Mitzvah! I was diagnosed with MS when my children were 5, 10 and 15 years old. The youngest, Sophie, learned how to give me my Copaxone injections and has gone with me to speak at meetings and lobbying visits in Albany and in Washington, DC. She has helped me fight MS for most of her life, just as you have with your dad. Thank you for all that you do to help everyone in the MS community!

    Marla Eglowstein said (7 years, 7 months ago)
  • Abby,
    I am so impressed by your desire to help, your writing ability, and your kindness. You are definitely going to have a bright future with all of the wisdom you have at age 12. Congratulations to you for all you have done for the cause, and I am so thankful! Keep up the wonderful work!!

    Meagan Freeman said (7 years, 6 months ago)

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