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Consider the inspiring story of Sylvia Lawry, the founder of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Posted Feb 10 2010 12:00am

What is a challenge—a roadblock or an opportunity? It's all in your point of view. Sometimes, a challenge, a frustration or a source of stress can energize us to think differently, discover the unexpected and accomplish great things. Consider the inspiring story of Sylvia Lawry, the founder of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

When Sylvia Lawry's brother was diagnosed with MS in 1937, she was frustrated. She wanted to learn more about MS but couldn't find information about his condition. She placed an ad in The New York Times to try to find anyone who may have recovered from MS. When she received more than 50 replies from people also hoping to learn more about MS, it became apparent that more information and research were needed. Inspired to make a change, Ms. Lawry and 20 research scientists founded the National MS Society in 1947. What started out as one woman's vision has evolved into an entire movement that has funded research and provided advocacy and information for millions. Read more about her inspirational work to raise public awareness about MS.

Since 1946, the National MS Society has devoted more than half of a billion dollars to support MS research. Today it continues to build public awareness around MS, including the sponsorship of MS Awareness Week on March 8th–14th.

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Move it during MS Awareness Week.
How will you move it? Take a moment to learn more about MS Awareness Week and the events happening in your area. Sign up to participate in Walk MSSM or Bike MS, advocate for people living with MS, volunteer or donate. You can even organize your own event!

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Make the most of every day.
Living with relapsing MS may present certain challenges, and you may wonder if there are ways to work around or even overcome some of them. We asked David, an MS LifeLines® Ambassador, for his thoughts on the subject. Read our web-only article on how David manages his everyday challenges and how he plans to spend MS Awareness Week. MS LifeLines Ambassadors are sponsored by EMD Serono, Inc. and Pfizer Inc.


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