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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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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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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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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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Ambassadors and Familiar Faces

Karen Francisco

By Jacob Morales, volunteer writer

When Karen Francisco was diagnosed with MS in December of 2003, she thought her life was over. The news that she had MS affected Karen in ways she never expected. But ever since she started to volunteer at Walk MS, her attitude has definitely improved. Seeing volunteers who were in wheelchairs and using canes showed Karen that she could not give up; no matter what the future holds, she has to keep going forward. After all, these new friends she had been making were moving forward, so why couldn’t she?

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Michael Frost

By Jacob Morales, volunteer writer

It may be cold in Alaska, but Michael Frost’s energy and spirit bring warmth to Walk MS in Anchorage!  Michael – and as many as six of the therapy dogs he breeds – will be helping out in Anchorage again this year. Michael is always thrilled when family and friends come and help greet walkers at Rest Stop #2 in support of his sister and many of his friends who are living with MS.

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