Kerri York

Class of '07

Place of service: MS Society

Why I Serve

When I was going through Evening Teacher Certification through Whitworth, I was training for a full marathon and was a part of Team Copaxone. The MS Society here in Spokane was a part of my support team as I prepared for the marathon. Through much encouragement and education about MS and knowing how important it is to take good care of our bodies, I was able to complete the Vancouver BC Marathon in 2004. I was proud to represent Team Copaxone and to be a voice of MS!

Being a part of the MS Society helps me remember how scary it was to be first diagnosed and not knowing what the future holds. Between the MS Society and Providence Holy Family MS Center, I’ve been blessed with friendships in both the non-profit and medical circles, serving others as we travel together along this crazy journey of MS. There are so many people volunteering with the MS Society, many of them working hard to show their support of their loved one with MS. Volunteering for the MS Society renews my hope of finding a cure and helps me share that hope with others. It is always good to give back!

How I Serve

I’ve been an advocate for all of us with MS in the Inland Northwest, sharing my story, offering encouragement and a listening ear. There are days that I forget I have MS except for the daily medication (I now take Tecfidera oral pills instead of daily Copaxone shots), and there are days that it’s all I can do to get out of bed to go teach my 500+ students at Bemiss Elementary. But in the back of my mind, I always remember that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil 4:13).

For more information about the Great NW Chapter, you can visit www.nationalmssociety.org/chapters/was.

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