We’re incredibly grateful and so impressed by the scope of achievements for which our chapter volunteers are responsible. In honor of the many ways volunteers contribute to the MS movement, we'll feature a different volunteer during National Volunteer Week. Today's Everyday Hero is Kelli Merritt from Rockford, MN.
1. What is your connection to MS?
I was diagnosed with MS in May of 2012
2. What inspired you to volunteer for the MS Society?
I was inspired to volunteer with the MS Society because after hearing about having MS I wanted to help others as well as myself not be afraid and to empower ourselves about the disease. Education and knowledge is the key and if me volunteering my time makes someone else's life easier and less scary, I'm all for that. I also wanted to show my step children just because I've got MS it doesn't have me...life throws you curves and you just have to carry on and keep living life to the fullest.
3. How have you volunteered your time?
Being a massage therapist I've gone to the Bike MS offering massages. I've spoken at the Teen Summit and MS Body & Soul event. Worked with the Minnesota Health Charities. Speak with clients and club members of Lifetime Fitness about MS and how they can help.
4. What skills and background do you have that help you succeed in your role?
As a massage therapist with Plymouth Lifetime Fitness it gives me the ability to meet and reach a multitude of people; which give the chance to educate and make people aware of MS. I'm a very out going person who loves to talk and educate. I have a passion for helping others that's why I became a massage therapist and now I have the opportunity to not only educate clients about massage but about MS as well.
5. How would you encourage someone to volunteer with the MS Society?
I would encourage them to come to an event and she the excitement and energy from any of the event that's energy alone would make people want to volunteer. I would also say this...when you volunteer you don't have to run the event, hand out water at MS 150, cheer others on, help with clean up, or set up. When volunteering it's not just the big stuff it's the little things we can do to help out. Volunteering could be as simple as telling all your friends to attend an event with you. Be creative have fun with it and get the word out and let find a cure!