DANBURY, CONN. — Christa Roth, of Danbury, has been named to receive the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter’s 2013 Jo-Ann Concilio Memorial Fund Scholarship.
This fall, Roth will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, N.Y., in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science. As a graduate of Nonnewaug High School, her goal is to help people who are suffering from debilitating diseases.
In addition to graduating as a member of the National Honor Society, Roth is a member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA), where she serves as a team coach, a chapter officer, a historian, a debate member and a member of the horticulture team.
Roth also volunteers at the Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Center. She assists disabled children with horseback riding. Her mother’s fight against multiple sclerosis has inspired Roth to give her time to others who are struggling with diseases similar to MS.
Roth has been inspired to become the person that she is today because of the courage and determination that her mother, Janet, shows every day.
Diagnosed in 1993, Janet Roth’s multiple sclerosis has progressed over the last twenty years. Her daughter said that with age, she has become more aware of the disease that her mother has been fighting and that it has made her a stronger as a person.
“In my moment of doubt, my mother would be there to tell me to keep going,” shared Christa Roth, 18. “Her perseverance was a constant reminder every day that I should try and do what I aspired to do, instead of regretting what I did not dare to.”
More than 6,000 Connecticut residents, like Janet Roth, have multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system. Multiple sclerosis generally affects women more than men and is most often diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50. Symptoms can include numbness and tingling in the limbs, difficulties with speech and vision and, in some severe cases, complete paralysis. There is no cure for multiple sclerosis.
Roth was recognized by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, at its annual Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Scholarship Reception, which was held at the Country Club of Farmington, Thursday, June 6. She is one of 19 students who received a 2013 scholarship.
“This is money that I can put towards college,” said Roth, when asked about what receiving the Jo-Ann Concilio Memorial Fund Scholarship means to her. “And with my education I can give something back to the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, and help others with what I have learned.”
Scholarship applications for the 2014 school year will be available online in October. For more information on MS or for additional information on 2014 MS scholarship criteria, please contact the Connecticut Chapter at 860-913-2550 or visit www.ctfightsMS.org.