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Cromwell Student Receives Scholarship From National MS Society

June 26, 2013

CROMWELL, Conn. – Lindsay T. Noble, Cromwell, has been named to receive the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter’s 2013 Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Fund Scholarship.

Noble, 17, a graduate of Cromwell High School, will attend Mitchell College in New London to pursue a Bachelors of Arts degree in psychology.

Noble has been greatly involved with her school and local community throughout high school. She played on the varsity soccer team for three years, and was named captain her senior year. Noble has also been involved with the Special Olympics, yearbook committee and Future Business Leaders of America.

Noble, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the fall of 2009, is one of less than five percent of people living with MS who show symptoms before age 18. Noble and her mother Judith, who was diagnosed with MS in 1998, serve as spokespeople for the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter.

While some everyday tasks are difficult, such as straightening or curling her hair, Noble has not let her MS hold her back from doing the things that she loves. After she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and had brain surgery for chiari malformation, Noble was told she would never play soccer again. Lindsay defeated the odds and after a successful high school soccer career, she will be playing at Mitchell College.

Noble has been greatly involved with the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, through volunteering at statewide walks and attending events.

“Receiving the scholarship means a lot to me and is obviously very close to my heart,” shared Noble. “It [multiple sclerosis] is unknown to a lot of people but this scholarship makes people more aware. I am extremely honored and appreciative of the award.”

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents, like Judith and Lindsay Noble, have multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system. Multiple sclerosis generally affects women more than men and is most often diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50. Symptoms can include numbness and tingling in the limbs, difficulties with speech and vision and, in some severe cases, complete paralysis. There is no cure for multiple sclerosis.

Noble was recognized by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, at its annual Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Scholarship Reception, which was held at the Country Club of Farmington, Thursday, June 6. She is one of 16 high school graduates receiving a 2013 scholarship from the Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle MS Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Scholarships are made possible through the Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s MS Memorial Fund, which specifically supports the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter’s family programs. The fund was established in July 2007 by the family to honor the memory of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, who had MS, and her daughters Hayley and Michaela, who were active with the chapter helping raise funds to support scientific research for a cure.

Scholarship applications for the 2014 school year will be available online in October. For more information on MS or for additional information on 2014 MS scholarship criteria, please contact the Connecticut Chapter at 860.913.2550 or visit


About the Connecticut Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Connecticut Chapter strives to provide knowledge and assistance to help people with MS and their families maintain the highest possible quality of life. These goals are achieved through vital national and local programs.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.


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