Family begins diligent effort to discover cure for Multiple Scelorsis through Donor-Advised Fund

When their daughter Morgan was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) at the age of 27, John and Nancy Larson were shaken but driven to help in any way possible. The family began a diligent effort to discover a cure through philanthropy and fundraising.

“A lot of people don’t know how to cope with the news that a loved one is sick,” says John. “For Nancy and me as parents, we found the best way of dealing with this disease was to put all our effort into helping Morgan and the thousands of others affected by MS. We can’t stop and won’t stop until there is a cure.”

In his role as a professional advisor at Richards, Merrill & Peterson, John has been connecting clients to Innovia Foundation for years, helping them achieve their philanthropic dreams. In 2017, John and Nancy established a donor-advised fund at the Foundation, which support the MS society and its life-changing research.

“I wanted to set a good example for my kids,” says John. “Our goal was to show them the importance of giving back to the community. Establishing our family fund with Innovia Foundation was a great way to do that.”

Last spring, the Larsons watched Morgan marry the love of her life at the Seattle MS walk. In April, Morgan and her parents participated in the Spokane MS walk and raised over $62,000 to support the National MS Society. The walk allowed the Spokane community to stand in solidarity with MS sufferers.