EAST LYME, Conn. – Greta R. Appleton, East Lyme, has been named to receive the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter’s 2013 Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Fund Scholarship.
Appleton, 17, a graduate of East Lyme High School, will attend Boston University, in Boston, Mass., in the fall in pursuit of a Bachelors of Science degree in neuroscience.
As a high school student Appleton was a member of the lacrosse team, the soccer team and the French Honor Society. Throughout high school, she has also volunteered at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital.
Appleton’s desire to study neuroscience stems from watching her mother fight an autoimmune disease for thirty years – multiple sclerosis. After growing up with a yearning to understand her mother’s illness, Appleton is now fostering a love for anatomy and medicine.
More than 6,000 Connecticut residents, like Susan Appleton, 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.
Appleton 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 16 high school graduates receiving a 2013 scholarship from the Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Scholarships are made possible through the Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s MS Memorial Fund, which specifically supports the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter’s family programs. The fund was established in July 2007 by the family to honor the memory of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, who had MS, and her daughters Hayley and Michaela, who were active with the chapter helping raise funds to support scientific research for a cure.
“Receiving this scholarship means a lot to me because MS has been a big part of my life, so it’s nice to be recognized in a positive way for it,” shared Appleton.
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.