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Contributing Author: Shannon Butler
Published: November 18, 2013
When Sylvia Lawry’s brother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the 1930s, she refused to accept his doctors’ answer of “nothing can be done.” So, Sylvia went on a search to find someone who had been cured. She ended up gathering a group of 20 of the country’s greatest research scientists and, a year later, she founded the Association for Advancement of Research in Multiple Sclerosis. Sylvia later changed the name to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, recognizing that people affected, patients and their families, needed information and support to enhance their lives and deal with the debilitating effects of MS.