AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – Tess Morlock of Williamsville may be only 12-years-old, but she’s made it her mission to raise awareness about an often debilitating disease that’s touched someone close to her heart.
When Morlock learned doctors had diagnosed her aunt with multiple sclerosis, she decided to dedicate herself to spreading the word about MS and raising money to help researchers find a cure.
Last week the National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter recognized Morlock as a Young Person On The Move as its Champion on the Move luncheon at the Buffalo Marriott.
Morlock’s hard work has paid off. After finding out about her aunt, Morlock began making rubber band bracelets. She sold them at school and inher community to raise money for a Walk MS team. To date, she has raised more than $700.
“The cause is important to me, and making rubber band bracelets seemed like something I could do to help,” said Morlock. “I just kept making more and more.”
Morlock was joined at the luncheon by five other people and two groups who were also honored for their activism.
On the Move is a nationwide educational and fundraising event that aims to raise awareness of MS and the National MS Society, while also recognizing the work of philanthropists, community leaders and volunteers.
Multiple sclerosis attacks the central nervous system, interrupting the flow of information between the brain and body. According to the National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter, most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed.
The rate of diagnosis in Upstate New York is about double the national average.