Inspired by the trans-Atlantic flight in a small plane Keith Siilats, an entrepreneur, made in 2009, Andrei got together with Paul De Luna, a photographer and film maker, and Matt Feig, a lawyer and long time supporter of the MS cause, and decided to use their passions for flying and photography to increase MS awareness. Thus Fly for MS was born on a New York rooftop on a summer evening in early July 2010.
The rest of the team joined quickly, inspired by the audacity of the idea and the impact it could have on the lives of those with MS. The team has been united by the shared passion for a creative approach to raising MS awareness, but its strength lies in its members’ diversity and complementary expertise. With members from 8 countries, the team’s backgrounds include aviation, photography and film, media and PR, non-profit, finance, technology, law, advertising and fashion. One team member is a police woman, many are experienced entrepreneurs, others have worked for reputable names in corporate America or Wall Street, and a majority is Ivy League educated. The youngest is 21, the oldest 39, and one is mother.