Maya Flores

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When I was around the age of 13 I met Brenda Ellens, the proud mother of two daughters, Phoenix and Summit, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in January of 1998, just six months after Phoenix was born. Her first recognizable sign of Multiple Sclerosis was during a Veterinary surgery when she lost sight in her left eye and had to continue by feel. Not only has she been affected physically by this disease, but mentally and emotionally as well. Granting that Brenda is in a wheelchair, she is the strongest woman I know and is able to support the weight of the world upon her back. Multiple Sclerosis has become a part of her daily life and she is very thankful for the family and friends that support her.

Although there is no known cure for Multiple Sclerosis at this time, there are therapies that may slow the disease and medications that often slow the progression of MS. If I were granted the gift of $50,000 I would donate a portion of the money towards the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In 1946 the National Multiple Sclerosis Society was founded, and sponsored its first three research projects. Today, the Society is relentlessly pursuing prevention, treatment and a cure for MS by discovering more potential therapies, approval of disease-modifying medication, breakthroughs in identifying gene variations, and tissue repair strategies according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society website. I feel donating money to the Society would be beneficial because the world would be one step closer to finding a cure to this gruesome disease. Brenda has been a prominent figure in my life and it pains me to witness her agony. Therefore, I wish to bring her some form comfort and see her off into old age.