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Lawry Circle


Sylvia Lawry founded the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in 1946, hoping to cure her brother Bernard’s MS, and she led the Society as Chief Executive until 1982. Bernard passed away in 1973, followed by Sylvia in 2001. The Lawry legacy is an international movement that aggressively funds research, advocates for change, and provides programs and services that help everyone affected by MS move their lives forward.

The Lawry Circle is comprised of people who know we must vigilantly pursue a world free of multiple sclerosis. Lawry Circle members demonstrate their commitment to improving the lives of those affected by MS by establishing a deferred gift for the Society through their will, trust or estate plan. Through their generosity, Lawry Circle members offer a lasting legacy of support to all people affected by MS.

Deferred Gifts

Deferred gifts represent an expression of lifetime commitment to the Society. There are no minimum gift levels, and Lawry Circle membership is for life. Examples of deferred gifts include but are not limited to:

  • Bequest intentions in a will
  • Charitable gift annuities
  • Charitable trusts
  • Designating the Society as beneficiary of a retirement account
  • Designating the Society as beneficiary of a life insurance policy — or the donation of a policy
In addition to the satisfaction of making a planned gift, donors may be able to accomplish some financial goals such as:
  • Increasing income
  • Leveraging assets tax-free
  • Controlling the charitable gift
  • Better serving heirs through estate planning
The National MS Society provides detailed information about making a gift and planning guides to help your decision making process. Always consult with your professional advisor.
To learn more, please contact the Development Office at 202-296-5363 or

Hear from Lawry Circle Members

“Several years ago I decided to include the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the National Capital Chapter in my estate plans. Having had MS for over 3 decades, I have seen firsthand the outstanding work that the Society does on so many levels. Thirty years ago I participated in a group for the newly diagnosed that was run by the local D.C. Chapter. It is not an overstatement to say that those sessions changed my outlook on my illness and gave me hope and confidence, which has helped me live a full and productive life. Over the years I have benefited directly from the Society’s outreach, education and research initiatives. The goal of the MS Society, to have a world free of MS, is something I am happy to participate in.”
– From Lawry Circle member Cynthia Sitcov
"My husband, Dave, and I were so pleased to leave a cash bequest to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Capital Chapter in our wills. This contribution, very appropriately directed to the (Sylvia) Lawry Circle, is designed to provide the same crucial support to people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis as the Chapter and Society gave me 18 years ago when I was diagnosed. Ms. Lawry was the first of the volunteers, supporters, and staff members to establish the organization that still provides information, fellowship and financial support for all of us dedicated to ending multiple sclerosis.”
– From Lawry Circle member Cindy Scherr
To speak with someone at the National Capital Chapter, please contact the Development Office at 202-296-5363 or


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