Recent Accomplishments

Since our founding we have made great strides to develop as a charity with the aim to become a viable organization that helps patients while moving the cause forward.

Below you’ll find some recent achievements and successes as a charity.

August 2010Campaign To Keep Midodrine Available in US (Successful).
April 2011Tim’s MSA Shoe Awareness Project, Detroit Monuments, Colleges, Businesses and Restaurants
April 2012Volunteer and Fundraising Boards Development
May 2012Initial Website Development:
June 2012Brochure and Business Card Development Donation
July 2012Facebook Page Development: JGF Foundation
August 4, 2012Founding, The JGF Project for MSA (Joe’s Birthday)
October 2012Joseph G. Fortier Foundation Incorporation: State of Michigan
October 2012Represented MSA patients in Congress to approve Droxidopa/Northera
January 21, 2013Joseph G. Fortier Passes Away
February, 2013Initial Foundation Donations Totalling: $6,000
March 2013Offices and PO Box Donation
May 2013MSA Device Loaner Program Begins
August 2013IRS Non-Profit 501c3 Approved for Joseph G. Fortier Foundation
December 2013Medical Research Advisors Meeting
January 2014Director P. Fortier offers testimony on efficacy of Droxidopa/Northera
February 2014Director P. Fortier represented Defeat MSA at the Kerry Simon Fight MSA Fundraiser (Cleveland Clinic, Las Vegas)
February 2014Director P. Fortier represented Defeat MSA at the MSA Charities and Stakeholders Meeting (Las Vegas, NV)
February 2014Droxidopa/Northera Approved (Orthostatic Hypotension)
March 2014Website Donation (6k),
March 2014Foundation Logo and Letterhead Donation
March 2014Tim’s MSA Shoe Returns to Detroit, State Judges Conference, City of Grand Rapids, Detroit Pistons, UDM, Detroit Area Businesses, Restaurants, Community Colleges
April 2014Tim’s MSA Shoe Awareness Campaign in Philadelphia, American Academy of Neurology Conference, St. Joseph’s Univ.
July 2014Tim’s MSA Shoe Awareness Campaign in Washington, DC, Dysautonomia International Conference, Hotel Management
July 2014Defeat MSA Takes On Global Administrator & Official Sponsor of Tim’s MSA Shoe
August 2014Tim’s MSA Shoe External Website Created (Outside of Facebook)
August 2014Tim’s MSA Shoe Brochure, Business Card and Letterhead Donation
August 2014Revised JGF Brochure and Business Card Development Donation
September 2014Tim’s MSA Shoe External Website Professional Development Donation – Verde Media, Inc.
September 2014Tim’s MSA Shoe Committee Development
October 2014MSA Coalition Annual Conference (Washington, DC), Tim’s MSA Shoe Represented
October 2014MSA Shoe Incorporated and 501c3 Filing with IRS
November 2014First Global MSA Research Meeting (Las Vegas, NV), Tim’s MSA Shoe Awareness Campaign in Vegas
December 2014Shoe Renamed, MSA Shoe!
January 2015MSA Shoe, Inc Approved As Non-Profit (501c3)
February 2015MSA Shoe Website Revision (Donation: Verde Media, Inc)
March 2015Inaugural Art Social Benefit (Cass Cafe, Detroit)
March 2015MSA Shoe, Inc.

Other Accomplishments:

Produced MSA Film: “It’s All in Your Head” Watch It Here

Participated in the First Global Research Roadmap Meeting (NV, 2014)

Added Toll-Free Patient and Caregiver Hotline: 1 855 542-5672

Sponsor of Two MSA Onsite Patient and Caregiver Support Groups

Opened Defeat MSA Ecommerce Store – Help Raise Research Funds By Buying A Defeat MSA Themed Product, Please Visit Our Store!

Sponsor of 20 Facebook MSA Patient and Caregiver Support Groups

Led Global Fundraiser for “A Day for Susana” – the 1st Full-Length Feature Documentary Film About World Champion Athlete and MSA Hero, Susana Schnarndorf. Visit Susana’s Wikipedia profile and Learn About Her Journey to the 2016 Paralympics in Rio, Brazil.

Represented Defeat MSA at several medical and patient conferences including the American Academy of Neurology, Dysautonomia International and International MSA Conferences.

We look forward to many more accomplishments moving forward in our efforts to Defeat MSA!

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