MINNESOTA (July 26, 2013) – Awareness and support are the two driving forces behind the launch of Harding’s Hope, a public charity established by Josh Harding, Minnesota Wild goaltender, in support of multiple sclerosis (MS).
Diagnosed with MS in October 2012, Harding initially struggled to find important and necessary information about the disease, while he was exposed to some of the negative perceptions surrounding something that affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide. A lack of education and understanding are something that Josh hopes he is able to help change through work with his new organization.
“There is a poor perception of people diagnosed with MS. People immediately think wheelchair and death,” said Josh Harding, who is grateful for the extraordinary help and support he has received from his doctor and medical team. “I want to be a role model for others diagnosed with MS by showing that this will not come between me and my goals.”
Harding, a native of Regina, Saskatchewan, played in only five regular season games for the Wild during the 2012-13 season after missing three months due to complications with his medication. Despite that setback, he returned to play in all five of the Wild’s playoff games and ultimately was named the recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.”
In the United States, Harding’s Hope will work with existing agencies to help support people faced with the expensive treatment costs. In Canada, the charity will support organizations that provide community services to people living with MS.
Although Josh considers the sport of hockey his gift, he believes that Harding’s Hope represents his passion to make a difference and he is committed to making the charity his legacy.
For more information, or to make a donation, please visit: www.hardingshope.org