Tracey and Dennis Seabolt: No Opportunity Missed
Tracey Seabolt’s sister Stephanie was found to have MS in 2000. Soon after, Tracey and her husband Dennis decided to be part of Walk MS, which they’ve now done for 10 years.
“We started walking for my sister, but now, sadly, we know more than 100 people with multiple sclerosis,” said Tracey. “I did the Walk last year in memory of a friend’s husband.” The Seabolts have been the top walkers in Maryland for several years, with their team MSBusters raising a total of over $140,000.
Recently, Tracey even found herself telling someone that she loves MS. “Not the disease! I hate that just as much as you do,” she quickly added. “But I have new and wonderful friends who have helped me to grow. My involvement with the Society has added a great piece to my life. It’s another way to be supportive.”
Tracey points out that the loved ones of people withMS also face challenges. “They can feel left out. Caregivers need care too.” Her advice for family members is to “nurture yourself and realize you can’t fix it, but you can support your loved one. Take advantage of the resources and learn how to be of help.”
The Seabolts never miss an opportunity to support the cause. Dennis works at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. When a woman at work asked him about the Society T-shirt he had on, “I told her what I do and she showed up the next day with a check for $3,000. Turned out her best friend has MS. All because I was wearing a $10 T-shirt.” He regularly hosts happy hours that serve as fundraisers. “People who happen to be in the bar might ask what I’m doing and give me money on the spot.” These events attract 30 or 40 people. The only drawback, Dennis said, is, “I get stuck buying the first round!”
After the Walk, Dennis always toasts: “Here’s to the day when we never have to do the Walk again.”