2016 Power of the Purse Award to fitMS NeuroBalance Center!!

The Fifth Annual Barrington Area United Way Power of The Purse brought over 130 women together to support an organizations that helps local women.

Each year the Barrington Area United Wayhas drawn women together at this event that highlights the power of women coming together in support of each other. The event includes a fabulous purse auctions with over 40 different items to bid on via mobile phone, an impact raffle where a $20. chance can be purchased to win an exceptional prize (this year was a diamond necklace from Long & Co), and a wonderful lunch, all held at The Great Hall at the Onion Pub.

This year's recipient was FitMS NeuroBalance CenterJoy Wagner, FitMS euroBalance Center founder, gave a powerful acceptance speech about autoimmune disorders and the community that usually suffers silently with the symptoms.

"Autoimmune diseases are the third most common category of disease in the United States after cancer and heart disease," shared Joy Wagner

FitMS NeuroBalance Center has created a community of wellness and resources for people living with chronic conditions that effect mobility and independence. Joy was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2001. As a nurse, she quickly realized that there were not resources and services available to help people with debilitating diseases. Her location, which she can help participants get to with a special bus, offers special fitness classes and equipment for people of different levels of mobility. She also provides complimentary healthcare and consultations with:

  • Disease Management Consulting
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Counseling
  • Acupuncture
  • Functional Medicine
  • Food Sensitivity Testing & Counseling
  • Weight Loss Management
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Gait and Balance Training
  • Aroma and Rain-Drop Therapy
  • Wellness Coaching

"One in twelve women have an autoimmune disease. That means that someone sitting at your table today could be effected." said Joy Wagner

Services at FitMS are provided on a sliding scale. The Power of the Purse grant will be used to hire and provide space and equipment for a licensed physical therapist to be added to the collaborative services.

The Barrington Area United Way's motto is Raised Here - Stays Here. To learn more about the Barrington Area United Way, their events and how you can help click here