Marie Hansen, Hero
Marie is a leader for the Santa Teresa Self-Help Group and a Team Captain for Team Marie of Walk MS: Monterey Bay and Silicon Valley. She is an incredible advocate for the Society's programs, resources, fundraising events and the support people can receive. Marie lives and breathes the National MS Society. She will help out however and whenever she can with a gleeful heart.
"Volunteering makes me feel needed as a person," said Marie. "Being a positive person has helped me and I want to help others have that positive feeling, too. By helping others I forget about my problems. We help each other in that way."
Isabel Santos, Hero
Isabel is a regular volunteer in the San Francisco Office and at many fundraising events. She asks complete strangers for money to help our cause and raised over $900 for Walk MS this year! Isabel is always willing to come in and help whenever needed and is an amazing volunteer!
Francesca Smith, Hero
Francesca has been a very committed volunteer for the for over five years, helping with Bike MS and Walk MS events. She is always willing to lend a hand with our fundraising endeavors, and goes above and beyond the call of duty when serving on the Santa Rosa Walk MS Committee. Her passion for the Society and commitment to the Chapter shines brightly for all to see.
"When our daughter developed [MS] symptoms just days after her 19th birthday, I started on a journey to discover, learn, support and educate," said Francesca. "Six Walks, five Waves to Wines, two Lagunitas Brews & Blues and lots of hours spent organizing, planning and supporting MS events, I’m still at it and I know there’s still more work to be done! I’m honored to be chosen as a Volunteer Hero in support of the Chapter and will continue to do my part and encourage others to do theirs so that together we will conquer MS."