Sylvia Lawry's brother was diagnosed with MS and she did not know how to help him or what to say or what was going to happen or even what MS was. She put an ad in the paper to find someone who had been cured so her brother could also be cured. She received many responses, but they were MSers who wanted to know if someone had a cure.
As a result of finding no help, Sylvia founded the US National MS Society. She later founded the Multiple Sclerosis International Foundation, an umbrella for MS societies and the international research community. That foundation created the Sylvia Lawry Centre for Multiple Sclerosis Research the year she died, 2001.
Because her brother had MS, she created a network for research and to provide information and support for MSers. She helped her brother and she continues to help the rest of the 2.5 million MSers around the world.
One of these days, when another woman like Sylvia places an ad for a cure, she will receive many responses -- with a cure developed because Sylvia wanted to help. Thank you, Sylvia.