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Perseverance & Positive Thinking: Dancer with Multiple Sclerosis Shares Inspiring Story

New York Smash Magazine  

Courtney Galiano is an accomplished actress, dancer and choreographer. The hard-working 27-year-old was a New York Knicks dancer and a finalist on Season 4 of FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” In 2012, she was diagnosed with multiple scleroris, a chronic disease of the central nervous system.

According to the National Multiple Scleroris Society, multiple scleroris, or MS, affects over 2.3 million people worldwide, causing symptoms like overwhelming fatigue, visual disturbances, altered sensation and difficulties with mobility.

Despite her battle with MS, Galiano has persevered, pursuing her dreams while maintaining an optimistic outlook on life. In honor of her inspiring story, Galiano will receive the Can Do Award at Can Do Multiple Sclerosis’ Annual Autumn Benefit on October 22 at The Metropolitan Club in New York City.

Can Do Multiple Scleroris, a nonprofit organization, hosts the elegant benefit each year to raise funds for programs that help people with MS live fuller lives. 

“They are an incredible organization that provides tools for people with multiple sclerosis that help them focus more on managing their ‘new normal.’ They have a holistic approach towards helping those with the disease and they understand not everyone’s MS is the same. They focus on helping others achieve their MS goals,” Galiano told New York Smash

Last year’s Can Do Award honoree was music artist and entertainer David Osmond. Like Galiano, Osmond inspired the MS community with his strength and positive attitude.

Galiano shared her personal philosophy on how to stay strong in the face of adversity. In an e-mail to us, she wrote:

“I think the biggest help to me throughout this process is the people I surround myself with. My loved ones, my friends, my new MS buddies I have made a long the way…make connections and keep the people in your life that lift you up and don’t stress you out is definitely the way to go. I have had to learn to have patience with myself which is extremely difficult, but I try everyday. I always remember anything and everything I go through, it can always be worse and to focus on all of the good things in my life. One MAJOR thing that has helped me is therapy. I LOVE my therapist, Vera Dunn. She has changed my life. I think speaking to someone outside of your circle is extremely helpful. She has given me tools for my new normal. Because of my MS, I have had to slow down and appreciate all that is around me more than I ever have before. To be honest…it’s given me to opportunity to be more present and I’m grateful for that. MS is unpredictable, but so is life.”

Interested in attending Can Do Multiple Sclerosis’ Annual Autumn Benefit? Here are the details:

WHAT: Can Do Multiple Sclerosis’ Annual Autumn Benefit, an elegant fundraiser to benefit programs that help people with MS live fuller lives. The event includes a cocktail reception, three-course dinner, evening program, silent auction and award ceremony honoring Courtney Galiano.

WHO: The inspiring Courtney Galiano, a dancer, choreographer and actress, is this year’s Can Do Award honoree. Diagnosed with MS in 2012, Courtney’s perseverance and ‘can do’ attitude is a true inspiration to the MS community.

WHEN: October 22, 2015 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: The Metropolitan Club

Tickets can be purchased here.

David Osmond Photo Credit: Michael Seto

David Osmond, 2014 Can Do Award honoree.
Photo Credit: Michael Seto