Long-time MS activist, Gayle Rundstrom, knows how to connect with others. She builds relationships with community members, legislators, and social media contacts – all to raise awareness about MS and help move us toward a world free of MS.
Why is being an MS Activist important to you?
I want us to be able to do everything we can to find treatments, and eventually a cure, for MS. So, if that means raising funds for research, knocking on legislators' doors to increase NIH and CDC funding, or anything else, I'll do it!
What MS issues are you passionate about?
Increasing funds for research, making medical insurance plan coverage more transparent, and making prescription medications more available and less costly.
Share your favorite MS Activist experience.
My best experience was going to the Society’s Public Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. It was so much fun to be with more than 300 other activists with whom I could share stories and experiences. It was also great to hear the researchers, doctors, and analysts talk about the great strides they are making in research and clinical trials. When they're excited, I get excited!
What advice would you give to other MS activists?
Just do it! (Hmmm, sounds like a commercial.) Make contacts... friends, family, Facebook, Twitter. Use every means you can. That's a start. I get into casual conversations with strangers, mention I have MS, and most of the time they know someone with it, too. It's another avenue of connection.
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