Sarah Shore, volunteer and event participant
How are you involved with the MS Society?
I have been a volunteer and Walk MS participant for 14 years. This year I organized a new team with sponsorship from Medica and we raised more than $5,600. I also volunteer at the Minnesota State Fair and plan to get more involved in 20s and 30s programs at the chapter. Plus, I recently arranged a “lunch and learn” at work where two speakers with MS shared their stories to help us understand the disease.
Why do you volunteer?
I have been a volunteer with the MS Society for 14 years and I continue to volunteer because it is something I can do to support my mom and the millions of others who have been affected by MS. I feel so blessed to be able to do daily activities without even thinking about it. Volunteering is a way to express gratitude for my health and use my abilities to raise awareness of MS, raise money for research and programs, and network with others and learn about their experiences. I pray every day that a cause and cure is found for MS. My mom has always encouraged and inspired me every step of my life. Volunteering is one way I can give back to my mom.
Why did you get involved with the MS Society?
My mom has had MS for 28 years but does not let it define her. She is my inspiration as she has such a positive attitude and continues to fight and work on her ability to remain independent. I have been volunteering with the MS Society since I was ten. My dad was a coordinator for Walk MS in Rochester and helped me get involved.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
I enjoy meeting and networking with people, and hearing their stories while sharing information about MS. I was touched by the two speakers at the “lunch and learn” as they were not afraid to answer personal questions and they possessed a great zest for life. Having the support of the MS Society, for those directly and/or indirectly affected by MS is a blessing. There are so many opportunities to learn and grow through the various events and programs hosted by the MS Society. I would encourage anyone and everyone who is in someway affected by MS to get involved.