Wake Village, TX
When Michael Stanley’s mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the young toddler found the words too difficult to pronounce. “My mother told me to just call it ‘MS,’ which I liked because that was the initials of my name,” he says. But as Michael grew older, those two letters began to take over his mother not just physically, but emotionally as well. “My mother would come to the school and check me out of class just to tell me she loved me and she didn’t want MS anymore,” Michael says. “Multiple sclerosis has taken away my mother’s identity,” but he fought to keep his own. As a student at Texas High School, Michael was the Student Council President and the captain of the Soccer team. His goals continue to be set high as he plans to go to Stanford University majoring in chemical engineering and specializing in water treatment-desalination.