Grand Prairie, TX
At the age of 12, Mariah Starr watched her mother suffer from her first serious MS attack. “It looked as if her pupils were in a pinball machine,” Mariah says of the horrifying experience. Without knowing the cause, both mother and daughter began to panic as Mariah called her grandmother for help. “On the way to the hospital, my mom began to tell my grandma her last wishes as the fear of death drastically sank in,” she recalls. Soon, the mystery illness had a name – multiple sclerosis, and this South Grand Prairie High School student found herself growing up quickly to help her mother. Now, as a recipient of the National MS Society scholarship, Mariah plans to continue to help others as a nurse as she attends the University of Texas at Arlington.