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2015 Volunteer Hall of Fame

Lifetime Achievement Award: Jim O’Donnell

Jim O’Donnell will receive one of the highest awards the Society bestows upon volunteers: the Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Jim has supported the Society for more than 30 years, lending his time and talent to move our mission forward in impressive ways. 

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Philanthropic Family of the Year: The Alvord Family

Each year, the Society recognizes one family that has made significant financial contributions to our mission.  This year the Greater Northwest Chapter’s very own Alvord Family was recognized with this extraordinary distinction.  To date, three generations of the family have contributed more than $3 million to support the work of the National MS Society!

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Funding the Mission: Haggen Food & Pharmacy

Haggen

Haggen earned their spot in the Volunteer Hall of Fame as a result of their long history of community involvement and philanthropy that has helped those affected by MS.

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Dr. Eugene May, Health Professional

For the second time in six years, Dr. Eugene May was inducted in to the National MS Society’s Volunteer Hall of Fame. While Dr. May was recognized for his contributions to Advocacy in 2009, he was more recently acknowledged for the exceptional care he provides to people with MS when he received the the Health Professional Hall of Fame award.

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Doug Toelle, Advocacy

Doug Toelle, an Alaskan MS Activist, was inducted in to the National MS Society Hall of Fame for Advocacy. Doug is a proactive, persistent advocate who has forged strong relationships with his local, state, and federal legislators. Aside from his role as an MS Activist, he is also a mentor to other activists, a self-help group leader, Walk MS participant, and long-time attendee at the Society’s Public Policy Conference.

2015-2016 Society Scholarship Recipients

Charlotta Duren

“In the end, I'm not sure yet how everything will turn out, but I do know this: Someday I will be able to look a patient in the eyes and say, ‘Don't worry. We have a cure.’”

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Jessica Jones

When I was nine, I realized the severity of my mom’s disease. While driving us to a New Year's Eve party at our church, she completely lost her sight. I was terrified! The blindness was temporary, but turned into severe double vision.

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Noah Richmond

“No matter how much good you do, you may get some bad in return and when you get it you can't let it change who you are and what you believe.”

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Elizabeth Rice-Reynolds

My dad has taught me the power of sacrifice, and that for the ones you love, no sacrifice is too big. He never let any struggles he faced be known to his work or family; he pushed through for us.

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Madden Shanks

“My mom accepts her MS and doesn't want anyone to feel sorry for her; she wants to show everyone that multiple sclerosis will not stop her. Her fearless attitude has rubbed off on me and I could not be more grateful.”

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Alexandra Villagran

“[My mom] has inspired me to excel even in the face of difficulties; I have watched her refuse to let MS hold her back, even though it is by no means easy. In everything she strives to be her best and in doing so she has inspired me to do my best as well and to work hard even when it hurts.”

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MS Activists & Legislators

Cermit Rickey

Cermit Rickey of Tacoma, Washington is the first to admit that he had “no idea what he was doing” when he agreed to join the Society’s advocacy efforts for his first-ever State Action Day. He had participated in Society sponsored self-help groups for years but he had little experience in advocacy or politics. That leap of faith in 2006, quickly turned Cermit into a life-long advocate.

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Scott Petty

When it comes to being part of the MS movement, Scott is a jack of all trades. Whether he’s capturing photos at Bike MS or Walk MS, leading as a team captain, or meeting with his legislators at the Capitol, the depth and breadth of Scott’s experience demonstrates his commitment to ending MS forever.

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Gayle Rundstrom

Long-time MS activist, Gayle Rundstrom, knows how to connect with others. She builds relationships with community members, legislators, and social media contacts – all to raise awareness about MS and help move us toward a world free of MS.

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Lisa and Martin Boon

Martin and Lisa Boon first became connected with the Society in the early 1990s after Lisa was diagnosed with MS. They have participated in and volunteered at countless Bike MS and Walk MS events, and joined the Washington State Action Day. Lisa leads a local self-help group, is an MS Ambassador, and regularly volunteers to lead educational programs in her community.

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Alaska State Senator, Dennis Egan

Alaska State Senator, Dennis Egan, has a long history of public service. Whether it’s his time as Juneau mayor, assembly member, planning commissioner, or member of the Juneau of Chamber of Commerce, he has a dynamic history of involvement in his community. The Senator also lives with multiple sclerosis.

We asked Sen. Dennis Egan to share his thoughts on why connecting with his constituents are important – and how to make the most of a visit.

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