"Life is about the journey, not the destination."
David Chaikin likens his life story to that of the Tin Man from "The Wizard of Oz." When diagnosed with MS in 1992, David felt he had lost his heart. After his diagnosis David got involved with the Minnesota chapter of the MS Society and with their help realized that this disease wasn't going to leave him heartless. David was ready to give back.
Because of the disabling effects of MS it takes David three hours to get ready in the morning, but that doesn't stop him from putting in hundreds of hours helping the MS Society on committees, as an advocate and a mentor. David is an ambassador for the organization and has merged this role with his everyday life. Whether he's volunteering at a Society event, presenting at a conference or just talking to someone on the street, David is willing to share his story and educate others on MS and issues related to it.
Prior to his diagnosis David completed two Marathons and led a very active life. Many would expect that being diagnosed with MS would slow them down, but not David. Yes, his activities have changed, but he's as active as ever. He has even managed to complete two tandem sky diving jumps and there's no denying that that takes courage and heart!
MS Society Scholarship Fund, MN Chapter