music festivals such as Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, and Christmas Jam in Asheville. We even played on Late Night with Conan O’Brien back in 2008. I always seem to meet someone who has multiple sclerosis in mycircle. So it’s great to spread the word about the services we oﬀer and talk about current events regarding MS.” We asked Derrick to reﬂect on his time at MS Focus. “When I first started with MS Focus, I was trained by a woman named Helen Mangan. She was super tough and strict, and I can remember thinking, ‘Am I doing this right?’ After four weeks of that training, she said, ‘Dee, you’re gonna be great at this job.’ That was a very inspiring moment for me, and I’ve tried to keep and pass on that inspiration. I just feel really honored to be part of the team here. I’ve worked with some really talented individuals during my time here. I’ve seen a lot of growth and want to continue to be a part of it.” 17 msfocusmagazine.org HFAD (Hip Flexion Assist Device) is intended for individuals with Multiple Sclerosis who are currently ambulatory, but have dif culty initiating swing due to hip exor weakness. The HFAD is designed to improve gait and consists of a comfortable waist band and two dynamic tension bands that attach to the shoe. The device may be worn over or under clothing and should only be used under the direction of a physical therapist or orthotist. To purchase the HFAD, a physician’s prescription is required for both the HFAD and Gait Training. For more information, please visit Brphfad.com, or call 888-344-0450 to speak with one of our customer service representatives. R E H A B I L I T A T I O N P R O D U C T S p: 888.344.0450 f: 248.588.5351 Brphfad.com Scan the QR Code to view an informative video on the HFAD Put a spring in your step with the HFAD! “The HFAD is amazing. My foot is able to lift off the ground and I am able to walk with much more stability and endurance than I have in the past two years.” Alina M. Willing I just feel really honored to be part of the team here. Read more about Derrick’s work in Power to the People with MS on pages 40-41.