Laurie Elyse was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis on October 11th, 2007. Despite being afflicted with the disease she continues to work. As part of the Spring 2009 Collection she is offering three unique swimsuit styles with profits to be donated for Multiple Sclerosis research. Laurie has made the following statement reguarding these pieces:
"After being diagnosed I came to realize that there is not as much hype or even knowledge of the disease and therefore a serious lack of funding. Not everything should be going to breast cancer. Enough! I feel it is time to focus on other illnesses that are still far from treatable or even close to cure-able. MS is still known as the mystery disease with no scientifically known causes or truly 100% effective treatment. Most of the treatments available are still considered experimental. The world is still completely in the dark and though it remains more rare than other illnesses it is in desperate need of help.
As a MS patient myself I created these looks as a reflection of hope while carrying the image of a brighter tomorrow, a world without MS. They are bright and shimmer with holographic durable material that has a long life and radiates positivity, while still remaining original and cutting edge. These looks are true fashion for a cause!"