Player: Ryan Zimmerman
Sport: Baseball, MLB
Team: Washington Nationals
Website: ziMS Foundation
Mission/Info:(Via the website): Multiple Sclerosis is a disease quite close to Ryan’s heart. In 1995, his mother Cheryl was diagnosed with MS, a chronic and unpredictable disease that affects the central nervous system. MS affects roughly 400,000 Americans and can impact the body in almost as many ways. Ryan looks at his mother’s condition as an influence on his development as a person. It forced Ryan and his brother, Shawn, to assume responsibilities in his home at an earlier age than most of their peers.
As President of the ziMS Foundation, Ryan is excited by the prospect of giving back to his community and finding a cure for this unpredictable disease. “My family has given me the support to fulfill my dreams. The Washington Nationals have given me the opportunity to play the game that I love at the highest level in our nation’s capitol. I am thrilled to have launched a foundation that I hope can make a real impact in the life of my family as well as many others afflicted by MS.”
Ryan’s parents Keith and Cheryl will serve on the ziMS Foundation’s Board of Directors. Cheryl Zimmerman is just one person with the disease. In this country alone, approximately 200 people are diagnosed each week. Worldwide, MS may affect 2.5 million individuals.
One important aspect of the ziMS Foundation is that we are 100% volunteer-based. Everything we do requires the support of these volunteers to make us a success in “bringing home a cure for MS”. Please consider volunteering for an event or throughout the year.