Sunday, October 28, 2007

You Are Invited

The world's biggest blog party has started!

The blog party is an online event between Oct. 27, Make a Difference Day, and Nov. 17, Family Volunteering Day. The idea is to spread the word about charities, philanthropies, and other events that make the world a better place.

When I think of someone who has made a difference for the MS community, I think of Sylvia Lawry, one person who made a difference that is felt worldwide.

In 1945, after her brother had spent fruitless time and effort trying to find a cure for his disease, MS, she placed an ad in the NY Times looking for help from someone who had been cured. She received many replies, but they were from MSers who hoped she had found the cure and would share the news. She saw a need. The next 50 years of her life were dedicated to ridding the world of the disease that had attacked her brother.

How can one person make a difference? Sylvia Lawry did it by founding the National MS Society (NMSS), the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and the MS International Federation (MSIF).

One person, touched by her brother's plight, influenced research, disease management, and public policy in her country and the world. Wow.

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1 comment:

Maggie said...

Hi Vicki
I just happened on your blog while searching for Dr Aretoula and her work with MS patients. You have such a nice and informative blog! I'm 27, also with MS and finding a blog like yours is real gem. I am currently on trials for the new oral MS drug, Fingolimod, and and having great success on it. Haven't had a relapse in over 7 months, and I used to have one every two or three months. Keep up the good work and best of luck to you. Maggie