One of Beth Juranek’s fondest memories as a child is working on crafts with her mother and sister. Her favorite project was making their own animal theme T-shirts for a trip to the Minnesota Zoo.
When Juranek’s father Larry Schuerman, 49, of Ramsey was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2007, it made sense that she would team up with her mother Brenda Schumerman and sister Nicole Schuerman to organize an event that gave them a chance to do something they love for someone they love.
Hosting a spaghetti dinner, a silent auction or a golf tournament just would not be their style, so their fundraiser focuses on crafting, food, laughter and fun with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The sixth annual Ladies Day Out fundraiser is from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at the Andover YMCA/Community Center, 15200 Hanson Blvd.
“The goal was to find a fun way to bring people together, using the talents we have, while still benefitting a greater cause,” Juranek said.
The $45 fee includes breakfast and dinner and admission to all the workshops throughout the day. Lunch is on your own. Those who bring a snack receive additional tickets for the door prize drawings.
Space is limited, so ladies interested in attending must sign up in advance. Visit www.ladies-day-out.com for more information. The inaugural event in 2009 at the Green Haven Golf Course in Anoka drew approximately 75 people. They moved to the Andover YMCA/Community Center last year and had around 200 women in attendance.
When not working on crafts, ladies can visit the numerous business vendors, get their picture taken in the photo booth, or relax with a massage. You could even take the opportunity to complete a home project you have been procrastinating on. One regular attendee has taken this free time to prepare her tax returns, Juranek said.
“One of the biggest things I enjoy besides giving back to the MS Society is seeing everyone give back as well,” Juranek said.
To illustrate the motor skills loss someone with MS experiences, one activity they do every year is attempting to unwrap a piece of candy while wearing gloves.
The cause of MS is unknown, but what doctors know is that MS disrupts the flow of information between the brain and body.
“With MS, your body is not able to function as it should,” Juranek said.
After he was diagnosed in 2007, Larry’s doctor was able to determine that the disease first started affecting him as far back as 1986.
Juranek remembers that her father had some issues with muscles aching back then, but nothing that caused him to want to rush to the hospital.
“It was really tough, but also really rewarding at the same time to see how our family teamed together,” Juranek said.
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