Meet the remarkable locals advocating for a world without Multiple Sclerosis


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The graduates of the MS Society’s 2023 Birmingham Leadership Class. (National MS Society)

There’s nothing more inspiring than seeing a group of people join together for one amazing cause. Each year, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society‘s (National MS Society) Birmingham Leadership Class does just that. Read on to meet the top local fundraisers from this year’s class and why they’re advocating for a world without MS. 

A world without MS 

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Valedictorian Photo: Honorary Chair-Ruby Jackson, Valedictorian-Will Aderholt and Market President for the National MS Society-Rebecca Habermann. (National MS Society)

A word without MS is a powerful concept that would change the lives of countless people and families across the Greater Birmingham Area and beyond. It’s also the driving for behind the National MS Society—a nonprofit committed to helping people affected by MS live their best lives.

If you’re not familiar with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), here’s what you should know:

  • It’s an autoimmune disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack its own tissues + mainly affects the central nervous system.
  • It causes visual impairment, muscle weakness + trouble with coordination
  • Nearly one million people in the US are living with MS.

There is currently no cure for MS, but treatments can help speed recovery and manage symptoms. Organizations like The National MS Society work to raise funds for research, provide programs and services for people with MS, advocate for policies and more. Here are some of the ways the Society has helped those with MS and their families since its founding in 1946:

  • It’s funded over $1.1 billion in research for MS
  • It’s launched programs like Ask an MS Expert to connect those affected by MS to the information they need
  • It’s helped raise funds for disease-modifying therapies for progressive and pediatric MS.
  • It’s supporting 52 bills that became law to advocate for the MS community.

Learn more about the National MS Society and the Birmingham Leadership Class helping create a world without MS.

Leading the fight against MS

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Class Member Photo: Honorary Chair-Ruby Jackson and Class Member-Jaketa Williams. (National MS Society)

Helping the National MS Society in its mission to create a world without MS is the 2023 Birmingham Leadership Class. This exceptional group of business professionals work together by networking with respected members of the local business community through special events, community service projects and fundraising activities.

Each year, the Birmingham Leadership Class holds a graduation ceremony, giving a special nod to the honorary chair and the top fundraisers. You can meet them below and discover how much they raised and why the cause is so important to them.

Top 5 fundraisers:

  • Will Aderholt: Warren Averett LLC | Funds raised – $5,450
  • Jonathan Murphy: Fortif Law Partners LLC | Funds raised – $5,000
  • Laura Senn: Southern Company | Funds raised – $4,715
  • Brooks Proctor: Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP | Funds raised – $2,900
  • Scott Williams: Burr & Forman LLP​ – $2,645

“As an MS fighter, I have a vested interest in the success of the National MS Society, and serving as the 2023 Honoree has been an absolute honor. This campaign is not just about raising money; it’s also about raising awareness. Every dollar contributed puts us one step closer to a cure, and that is something we are all fighting for together.”

Ruby Jackson, Honorary Chair, 2023 Birmingham Leadership Class raised $5,650 for the mission.

You can view the full list of Birmingham MS Leadership Class fundraisers here.

This year’s Birmingham Leadership Class raised over $46K to contribute to a world without MS, but it doesn’t have to end there. Donate to the 2023 MS Leadership Class Birmingham today.

Do you know someone who would make an incredible addition to the incoming 2024 Birmingham Leadership Class? Nominate the by emailing or by calling 904.472.4584.

Want to learn more about the National MS Society? Check out their website and follow them on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn.

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