Climb to the Top of the Rock

I try to keep things pretty light here on Bows & Sequins, but since you guys responded so well to this post, I hope you don’t mind me reaching out to you about a cause very near and dear to me. I normally don’t feel comfortable sharing this much about my personal life, especially when it’s on a not-so-happy note, but I figure spreading the word is the least I can do.

As some of you know, my mom was officially diagnosed with MS in 2009.ย I will be doing the “Climb of the Top” next weekend on March 3rd to support her and everyone else who is battling Multiple Sclerosis. I’ll be climbing the 66 flights of stairs to the top of the Rockefeller Center Observation Deck to help create a world without MS.ย The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will use funds collected fromย Climb to the Top to not only support research for a cure tomorrow, but also to provide programs which address the needs of people living with MS today.

It’s kind of ironic that this climb is to the “Top of the Rock.” The very first time I visited New York (November 2010), my parents and I took the elevator to the Top of the Rock for some nighttime views of the city! I’m hoping for gorgeous daytime views of the city after my climb next Sunday!

If you’re able, I’d be ever so grateful for your help in supporting the National MS Society!


Update: Post-Climb recap here!

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  1. 2.22.13
    Naghmeh said:

    aw I’m sorry that your mom has to go through that. You are amazing for doing this climb, I wish you all the luck!

  2. 2.22.13

    I’m sorry to hear that about your mom — but what an amazing thing to do!! xo

  3. 2.22.13
    Brittany said:

    I’m sorry to hear about your mom, but I think it is amazing what you are doing. Wishing you well on your climb along with everyone else that will joining you.

  4. 2.22.13
    Michelle said:

    A close family member of mine does not have MS but was experiencing symptoms in which the doctor was suspecting of. In that time frame I researched MS and ALS and was educated on a topic I knew little about. Since then, I have added MS and ALS to my list of prayers each night hoping that a cure will be found. I am truly sorry your Mother is going through this. My mother is ill as well with another disease and it is hard to be the child and have to worry about your mother at a young age. Thank you for sharing your story. Your Mother will be in my prayers now as well. God Bless

  5. 2.22.13
    Kimberly said:

    So sorry to hear that your mom is battling this awful disease, but what a great way to raise awareness & help contribute to finding a cure!

  6. 2.22.13

    Good luck with your climb and best of luck to you and your mom.

  7. 2.22.13
    Rose said:

    I am very sorry to hear that your Mom is battling this disease. I lost my Mom in July to a long fight with cancer. Good luck with your climb. I am glad to hear that the funds raised will not only go to researching a cure but to help those who are battling the disease right now. Thank you for sharing something so personal in your life. I will be praying for you and your Mom.

  8. 2.22.13
    christin said:

    You will make those 66 flights you biotch for your momma! I’ll spread the word as well! xo

  9. 2.22.13

    Thank you for sharing this Jessica! I will definitely help support and I will be praying for your family!


  10. 2.22.13
    Agi said:

    I’m so sorry to hear that your mom has MS. A couple of good friend’s of mine also have MS. HOw is your mom doing? Both my friends have managed to control it and stay healthy. Good luck Jess and we will be praying for you and your mom.


    • 2.22.13
      Jessica Sturdy said:

      Thank you, Agi! I truly appreciate it. She is doing well for the most part… Obviously some days are better than others, but it’s a constant battle against the exhaustion and fatigue. My mom runs the show at my dad’s veterinary clinic and I think the most challenging part has been for her to learn to step away from work at times and take care of herself. I strive to imitate my mom’s work ethic!

  11. 2.22.13
    viv said:

    I wish I could do the climb with you since this cause is so near and close to my heart. I’ll be thinking of you and praying for your mom ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

  12. 2.22.13

    Lots of love for you and mama Sturdy. I’ll be cheering for you, lady!

  13. 2.22.13

    Jessica, what an amazing cause! I am truly sorry your family has had to endure something like this; I understand how it feels, as I’ve had personal experience with family illnesses and its hard. However, I am so glad for events like this and I just know that you’ll doing amazingly! I’m routing for ya girl! Go get ’em! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    xo, Stephanie ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. 2.22.13
    Ellen said:

    Love you and TBaby, Jessie!

  15. 2.22.13
    Lara said:

    Hey Jess – this is a great cause. I’ll be cheering you on! Can’t wait to hear about it all afterwards.

    xox Lara

  16. 2.22.13
    Kate said:

    Your mom never lets this slow her down! She is amazing. She tolerates the bad days and soars on the great days!

  17. 2.22.13
    Maggie said:

    You look like Amanda Seyfried in that bottom picture of you!

  18. 2.22.13
    Chelsea said:

    I’m so sorry to hear about you mom’s MS and I hope she is doing well. My mother was diagnosed with Lupus when I was little and I understand how it is to feel like you can’t do anything to help. I think the climb you’re doing sounds great! Best wishes to both of you!

    Chelsea & The City

  19. 2.22.13
    Amy said:

    What a cool opportunity! I’m participating in my city’s MS walk on March 9. Good things!

  20. 2.23.13
    Danielle said:

    best of luck Jessica! What a great cause!!!

  21. 2.23.13
    Laura said:

    So sorry to hear that about your mom. : ( Thats great what you’re doing though. I do a 150 mile bike ride each year for the National MS Society and it is truly wonderful.

  22. 2.25.13
    Ashley said:

    What a great thing you are doing for your Mom, good luck!


  23. 2.26.13
    Haley Valerie said:

    I am so sorry that your mom has to go through that!


  24. 2.27.13
    Stacey said:

    Such an amazing cause! My ex’s mum has MS too and she is the sweetest lady ever! Good Luck with your climb!


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  25. 3.3.13
    Aunt Anne said:

    Good Luck today, Jessica!! So proud of you and what you are doing in honor of your mom! Just gave you a late boost to your goal…looks like you are almost there! Yeah! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. 7.19.13
    Angela said:

    My mom has Multiple Sclerosis as well.. she was diagnosed about 10 years ago. Thank you so much for posting this! I absolutely love the “Home” tees.. I am definitely going to spread the word about that website.