Home - National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Skip to navigation Skip to content

Anthony Jones of Pink Martini

Dan Faehnle (L) and Anthony Jones (R) of Pink Martini

Dan Faehnle (L) and Anthony Jones (R) of Pink Martini

Team Fundraising Goal: $5,000.00

“Since I joined Pink Martini, I haven’t had a single MS relapse.”

A tribute to the drummer of Pink Martini from the National MS Society, Oregon Chapter.

Drumming can be brutal…

It requires verve, focus, stamina, precision, and a tireless commitment on par with a pro basketball player. Especially when you’re providing the backbeat to a group whose sound traverses the globe. Any one Pink Martini show will surely include Afro-Cuban and salsa rhythms, jazz beats, and classical percussion arrangements, all potentially within the same song!

In Anthony’s case, the challenge flows even deeper—he lives with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS).

Diagnosed at 21 years old, Anthony was concerned that his diagnosis would affect more than his drumming. “I had just finished college and was preparing to start my life. And I worried a lot: ‘Will I ever find somebody who can deal with me at my worst?’”

For those unfamiliar, MS is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. MS can impact everything from walking, to reading, to keeping a grip on one of a drummer’s most critical assets.

“Early on, I had severe numbness in my hands,” says Anthony. “I would lose drumsticks all the time. Or while playing and getting overheated, I would have difficulty seeing out of my right eye which made it hard to read charts. That was very frustrating.”

After years managing through a range of symptoms, Anthony joined Pink Martini.

It’s common for people living with MS to hide in the “MS Closet.” Because they’re afraid others might judge or treat them differently. Not Anthony.

“I’ve always been very honest with every band I’ve worked with. It’s the right thing to do. And the guys in Pink Martini are very supportive. After all, everybody has a thing they battle with—diabetes, other health issues—but we come together and talk about how we’re doing. Aside from playing wonderful music and being in amazing places, it’s a family environment. Everybody cares about each other.”

At the Oregon Chapter, we care about Anthony, too. Over the past few years, he’s shared his story for our newsletter and blog, spoken at our national conference, and even provided heartwarming video sound bites for our annual Gala.

His genuine, open, honest accounts of life with MS have provided hope for so many who live with this strange disease that, so far, has eluded a cure. But we’re working hard at the Society to fund research that has already proven to slow the progress of the disease, and we believe there will be a cure during Anthony’s lifetime.

Pink Martini Wears What?

We were thrilled when Anthony introduced us to Pink Martini’s generous management team in 2014, which led to a one-night benefit in June 2015 titled, “Pink Martini Wears Orange.”

(Hint: Orange is the National MS Society’s brand color, so everyone in attendance was required to don a splash of orange—hat, tie, socks—one guy even wore a funky wig.)

Little did Anthony know, in addition to celebrating some of our strongest supporters, we were secretly crafting the event to honor Anthony. And oh, what a night it was! Replete with over a hundred guests drinking, eating, and singing along with the band at Thomas Lauderdale’s ultra-cool loft in downtown Portland.

Remember what Anthony said when he was first diagnosed? “Will I ever find somebody who can deal with me at my worst?” Though Anthony was certainly at his best during the benefit, we were all blessed with an appearance by his talented wife, Portia, who sang alongside China Forbes.

Before Pink Martini launched into their awesome set, Anthony spent a few minutes talking about his life with MS, drumming, his family, his hopes for the future, and this one glowing truth that resonated with everyone because it aligned so perfectly with the night’s purpose:

“Since I joined Pink Martini, I haven’t had a single MS relapse.”

Amen to that.

Help us keep Anthony and people like him moving.

Give today. Every donation counts in the pursuit to #endMS.

------------------------

Thank you Anthony, Bill, China, Claire, Jason, Laura, Thomas and the entire crew of Pink Martini for making Pink Martini Wears Orange (PMWO) such a wonderful night.

-Your friends at the National MS Society, Oregon Chapter

------------------------

LEARN MORE ABOUT PINK MARTINI, PMWO, AND ANTHONY’S WORK WITH THE NATIONAL MS SOCIETY

Pink Martini official site
http://pinkmartini.com/

Pink Martini Wears Orange: Event pics
http://bit.ly/1J8X3WJ

Anthony interview with the Oregon Chapter
http://bit.ly/1K23sRU

Anthony speaking at our national conference (video)
http://bit.ly/1GaUNb3

Anthony sharing his story at Gala MS 2014
http://bit.ly/1NaW32F

Guest Book

If you would like, you can add your name and a short message to our Guest Book. Thank you.

Sign the Guest Book

Records 1 - 25 of 35

Alphonse
Sun, Nov 25, 2018
The material is really useful.
my web blog: Watch Jav Online Free - JavMama ( %url )

Darryl Sinclaire
Thu, Nov 15, 2018
Many thanks very helpful. Will share website with my buddies.
Feel free to surf to my web page ... Jav Stream ( %url )

Elinor
Wed, Oct 31, 2018
It provides balance when teamed with property structures, high yield and emerging market assets. To claim that global markets also have a unique ride this year would be to put things mildly. Being the thing of desire of many persons, there'll always be those that trust the legends in order to find treasure chests.
My blog; gold prices ( %url )

Everett
Tue, Oct 30, 2018
Thanks really valuable. Will share website with my pals.
Also visit my weblog :: Remco Melis ( %url )

Alethea Albiston
Wed, Oct 24, 2018
Much thanks! This is an very good online site.
My web site; McDaddy ( %url )

Bennett Ibarra
Mon, Oct 15, 2018
Thanks regarding offering these kinds of superior post.
My homepage :: Powerball ( %url )

Joan
Sun, Oct 14, 2018
Wow, beautiful site. Thnx ...
Look into my website :: Megamillions ( %url )

Sheena Jelks
Sun, Oct 14, 2018
You've possibly the best sites.
my site ___ ( %url )

Pearline Pinkham
Fri, Oct 12, 2018
You have got probably the greatest webpages.
my web-site: Euromillions uitslagen ( %url )

Vivian
Fri, Oct 12, 2018
Unbelievably user friendly site. Huge info readily available on few clicks.
Feel free to surf to my webpage ... Euromillions uitslagen ( %url )

Lynne Worthy
Fri, Oct 12, 2018
Thank you so much! This is an astounding web-site.
Visit my blog: Euromillions uitslagen ( %url )

Hildegard Gayle
Wed, Oct 03, 2018
Maintain the excellent work !! Lovin' it!
Also visit my webpage: free repair manuals for suv ( %url )

Gabriel
Mon, Oct 01, 2018
I treasure the info on your websites. Thnx.
Look at my page - Watch Jav Online Free - JavMama ( %url )

Inge
Thu, Sep 27, 2018
That money will never be enough with prices increasing the way they are. Every part of gold jewellery you purchase online should include a document detailing the piece you might be buying. With the reputation paper cash in mind, there is certainly valid reason to make the transition.
my web site: coins ( %url )

Jessika
Mon, Sep 24, 2018
Quite useful....looking ahead to coming back again.
Feel free to surf to my web page Watch Jav Online Free - JavMama ( %url )

Marylyn
Fri, Sep 21, 2018
Korzystanie z tej strony bez zmian ustawie_ dotycz_cych cookies oznacza, _e b_d_ one zapisane w pami_ci urz_dzenia.
Also visit my weblog Domy Sprzeda_ Opole ( %url )

Dusty
Tue, Sep 18, 2018
The info is very useful.
Feel free to surf to my web-site - minecraft ( %url )

Sergio
Mon, Sep 10, 2018
Exceptionally user friendly site. Great info readily available on couple of gos to.
my blog ... minecraft ( %url )

Desmond Connery
Mon, Sep 10, 2018
Hello there, good webpage you have there.
Here is my web blog ... minecraft ( %url )

Ferne Lopez
Sat, Sep 08, 2018
Great looking web site. Assume you did a great deal of your very own html coding.
Here is my web site minecraft ( %url )

Brook Inwood
Fri, Jul 27, 2018
Maintain the good job and generating the group!
My web-site: Jav Stream ( %url )

Jana Macleay
Fri, Jun 01, 2018
Many thanks, this site is very valuable.
Feel free to surf to my homepage ... Daftar Sbobet Online Terpercaya ( %url )

Venus Stagg
Mon, May 28, 2018
Lovely Web-site, Carry on the useful work. Thanks a lot.
Also visit my web page :: Online ( %url )

Kirby
Sat, May 26, 2018
Love the website-- very individual friendly and whole lots to see!
My web site - Andrea Dimattia ( %url )

Anderson
Mon, May 14, 2018
Great looking web site. Assume you did a whole lot of your very own html coding.
My web page - Streaming Jav Online Free ( %url )

Records 1 - 25 of 35


Views and opinions expressed by third parties placing material on this page are not necessarily representative of the views of the National MS Society. If you feel this page contains objectionable content, or you have a technical concern, please contact the system administrator of this chapter. Be sure to include as much information as possible.