We’re incredibly grateful and so impressed by the scope of achievements for which our chapter volunteers are responsible. In honor of the many ways volunteers contribute to the MS movement, we'll feature a different volunteer each day this week. Today's Everyday Hero is Kathy Ford from North Liberty, IA.
1. What is your connection to MS?
I was diagnosed with Relapsing-Remitting MS January 8, 2010.
2. What inspired you to volunteer for the MS Society?
Prior to my diagnosis I volunteered to participate in Walk MS to support a colleague whose husband lived with the disease. Years later I too was diagnosed with MS and I began actively volunteering to spread awareness about this ridiculous disease.
3. How have you volunteered your time?
In addition to forming Walk MS TEAM FORD TOUGH, I was honored to serve as a former Walk MS Ambassador. I have also participated in Bike MS: Cruising the Cornfields and have attended several programs and presentations offered by the MS Society. Last spring I volunteered my time as a committee member planning the On the Move Little Black Dress Brunch in Coralville, IA. In addition, I enjoy serving as an MS activist. Most recently I traveled to Des Moines, IA to celebrate MS Day at the Capitol. There I was afforded the opportunity to share my personal MS story with my state legislators.
4. What skills and background do you have that help you succeed in your role?
MS has taught me a lot about myself. I am blessed to be surrounded by supportive friends, family and colleagues and this provides me with a great deal of personal strength and grace. My degrees in public relations and communication studies provide me with a solid background to educate others about the disease while connecting people to information and resources. My MS diagnosis has taught me many things including: patience, the meaning of spirituality, healthful eating habits, the importance of movement and exercise, the need to connect with others, and allowing others to be blessings in your life.
5. How would you encourage someone to volunteer with the MS Society?
I encourage people to join me in the activities I participate in!