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Scott Petty, MS Activist

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Scott Petty

Scott-3-300px-(1).jpgWhen it comes to being part of the MS movement, Scott is a jack of all trades. Whether he’s capturing photos at Bike MS or Walk MS, leading as a team captain, or meeting with his legislators at the Capitol, the depth and breadth of Scott’s experience demonstrates his commitment to ending MS forever.

Why is being an MS Activist important to you?
I want people to know more about MS. I talk to many people who have heard of “multiple sclerosis,” but they have no idea what it is or how it affects a person and their family.  
 
Tell us about your experience as an MS Activist.
I started by volunteering many hours promoting Bike MS events, then a few years ago I got up the courage to go to the State Capitol in Olympia and talk with my legislators, opening up the next chapter in my volunteer work. I enjoy getting together with other MS activists, sharing stories, and feeding off the collective energy.  

What is one thing you wish you would have known when starting out as an activist?
It wasn't as scary as I expected.  The first time I met with my legislators I was with a person who has MS and I let her do most of the talking. The following year I was by myself and I fell somewhere between nervous and terrified.  In the end, I survived and left feeling like I had really accomplished something powerful.

What advice would you give to other MS activists?
Regardless of your story, you make a difference.  All of our experiences are different but just as important, and you actually contribute more than you think.

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