Angela Lawson has been a volunteer with the National MS Society, Greater IL Chapter for more than a decade, and her enthusiasm never wanes. After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2002, she quickly sought out a way to get involved.
“I thought the best way to face the diagnosis was to volunteer,” says Lawson. “I don’t want to sit around – I want to help others with the same condition that I have.”
Now, Angela can be found greeting participants, working registration, or taking photos at a variety of annual events, including Walk MS, MS Family Day, and the Half Court Classic. She also occasionally volunteers at smaller events, including the T-200 Walk MS fundraising celebration. As a volunteer, Angela always looks forward to meeting new people and hearing their stories.
“Volunteering keeps me close to the different types of people affected by MS,” she explains. “I get to hear people’s experiences, and learn about the various ways in which I can help. Volunteering helps me to learn, and it makes me better at communicating the MS experience to those who are unfamiliar with it.”
As for why she keeps coming back, Angela says that the answer is simple.
“The National MS Society has the best events, staff, and volunteers. Get involved and have fun with some of the best people I have had the pleasure to meet!”