One. As in “the power of one”.
Have you ever felt helpless in the face of a monumental problem or overwhelmed by the sheer complexity of a challenge? Has anyone ever told you that there’s just not much you, as one individual, can do to effect change? If you are involved in Challenge Walk MS, you already have thumbed your nose at the notion that “ONE” person can’t make a difference. Did you know that you are walking in the footsteps of one very remarkable person?
Meet Sylvia Lawry.
Sylvia was born in 1915 in New York and as a young college student, had a younger brother who developed MS. Her family searched for years without success for treatments and cures. Sylvia finally took it upon herself to place a small ad in the New York Times seeking “anyone recovered from” MS to contact her.
The response to her ad demonstrated to her that there was a tremendous need for an organization to coordinate and finance research seeking a cause, treatment and a cure for MS.
This ONE young woman gathered a group of researchers in March of 1946 and founded what would become the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The amazing efforts of Sylvia Lawry, ONE lone individual, brought forth an organization that today has chapters serving all 50 states and devotes more than $48 million a year to support over more than 380 research projects dedicated to creating a world free of MS.
Thank you, Sylvia!