My father was diagnosed with multiple system atrophy in 2016, about 3 years after he started experiencing symptoms. I was only 9 years old when it started. My dad now uses a walker, fall frequently, and he has trouble speaking and swallowing. He cannot drive or work anymore, and someday, this disease is likely to claim my dad's life. As my bat mitzvah project, I chose to raise awareness about MSA and funds for the MSA Coalition. I want to do my part in helping to ensure that a cure will be discovered for MSA so other kids and families don't have to experience the pain of watching their parent's health and functioning decline at such a young age and with so much suffering. I love my dad so much and it breaks my heart!