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Shelton Student Receives National MS Society Scholarship

July 9, 2013

SHELTON, Conn. – Ben F. Troy, Shelton, has been named to receive the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter’s 2013 Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Fund                Scholarship.

Troy, 17, a graduate of Brien McMahon High School, will attend the Center for Culinary Arts in the fall.

Troy spent his high school years taking classes and courses that have allowed him to grow from year to year. He was also involved with the Brien McMahon football team. 

As a child, Troy faced many challenges. His mother, Rosalie Troy, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 15 years ago. Despite growing up with his mother having MS, Troy’s guidance counselor, Chad Southerland, has said, “Ben has maintained a polite demeanor and humble personality.”

Troy, who is going to be working in the culinary arts field after training, shared that he wants to create a solid future for both himself and his mother.

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents, like Rosalie Troy, 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.

Troy 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. He is one of 16 high school graduates receiving a 2013 scholarship from the Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Petit family scholarships are made possible through the Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle 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.

“This scholarship will motivate me even more and help us reach a new peak in the lives of both myself and my mother,” Troy shared.

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.

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About the Connecticut Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Connecticut Chapter strives to provide knowledge and assistance to help people with MS and their families maintain the highest possible quality of life. These goals are achieved through vital national and local programs.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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