Forty-two years ago, Mary Reed Spencer found her family when she joined the National MS Society. Since volunteering in 1970, her unflagging energy and commitment have inspired many others to join the movement.
Mary Reed’s mother was diagnosed with MS when she was only 12 years old, the reason she continues to volunteer to this day.
She joined the Board of the Eastern Kansas Chapter and organized the first READaTHON in 1978, an effort in which she received the Bronze Hope Chest Award. She was also instrumental with realigning our chapters in 1990. Her passion for activism steered her toward leadership roles in Kansas and attendance at several Public Policy Conferences. She remains highly involved in all our events, Bike MS, Walk MS, along with numerous third party events.
Mary Reed considers the Society to be her family just as we consider her our family, a family she knows is searching for a cure, something she wants for the communities she calls home.