Walk MS connects people in meaningful ways and this event season was no exception. 2013 Walk MS: Walnut Creek Ambassador, Natalie Darone, made meaningful connections at the event when she shared the story of her journey with MS. And she has been making many other connections with the Society since her diagnosis.
Natalie first got involved with the MS Society in 2009 when she attended a newly diagnosed orientation. It was there she learned about Walk MS and in 2010, Natalie participated in Walk MS: San Francisco. "I had a great time and learned a lot of new information from some of the vendors there," said Natalie. "Participating in the walk inspired me to become more involved than just being a walker."
Over the years Natalie's involvement with the Chapter and Society has expanded. "Each year I feel like I get more and more involved," she said. "I started as a walker, to a top fundraising team, to committee member/volunteer and now to Walk Ambassador. I am not sure how next year is going to top it but I am looking forward to it."
Natalie not only participates in the event, but attends Society programs that Walk MS helps to fund. "The programs that the MS Society provides gives people a chance to do things they would normally not do or have the motivation or knowledge to try to do on their own."
At the heart of everything, it's the connections with others that are the most meaningful to Natalie. "All the connections I have made are important and special to me in different ways. It has given me a chance to meet and connect with people I would have not had the pleasure to meet otherwise. It is a great network to be a part of."