A cure starts with you
About ten years ago, Moria’s father, a former Economics professor at Wake Forest, was diagnosed with a rare degenerative disease, Atypical Cerebellar Ataxia. The disease has since affected his motor skills, and over the past five years, he has slowly lost control of both his speech and limbs. Despite the many ups and downs of her father’s courageous battle, Moria has discovered a way to harness her passion in a way that makes a difference in her father’s life and the lives of those who have also been affected by this terrible disease.
The name of her company, Franky’s, also comes from the heart, and is one of many things that make her brand unique. “Franky is a nickname I called my Dad when I was little, when I came to his office, in the Wake Economics Department, after school to do my homework. My dad would sometimes come in pretending to be my student, ‘Franky,’ and I would teach him what I was learning in school.”
For every necklace that Moria sells, 20% of the proceeds are donated to The National Ataxia Foundation. The beauty behind Moria’s line lies in its mission and purpose. Cerebellar Ataxia has greatly affected her father’s mobility, but because of the impact and reach of Franky’s Jewelry, his traveling options have become limitless.
“I like to think that everywhere a Franky’s necklace goes, my Franky is there in spirit, even in spite of his mobility restrictions. So far, he’s ”visited” Mexico, NYC, Prague, California, The DR, Switzerland, Portugal, Mardi Gras, the Alamo, and London. I love the idea that even though his mobility has been unfairly taken away, he can now “travel” to more places than he ever thought possible through all of the people who support Franky’s and the cause behind it.”