Students Touched by MS
"Hi, my name is Makaira and my Mum has MS."
I am 8 years old. I started reading in the MS Readathon 3 years ago to raise money for MS to help my mummy get better. My mummy was diagnosed with MS in 2012, although she had been sick since 2007. It would be great if you could register too, to help people like my mum. Every little bit helps.
"Hi, my name is Jamie-Marie and I love to read!"
My name is Jamie-Marie and I am 9 years old. I go to Brookside College in Victoria. I do the MS Readathon because my mum has lived with Multiple Sclerosis for nine years, and I LOVE to read. I help look after mum by doing the washing and washing up when she is too tired. I read lots of books all the time even in the car!
"Hi, my name is Jazzy and I love books!"
I am ten years old and attend Cedars Christian College in New South Wales. I can't imagine what my life would be like without books. They take me to faraway lands and places where my imagination goes wild. I am about to do my sixth MS Readathon. It feels satisfying putting my passion for books towards something useful.
Through sponsorship, I can help the lives of almost 24,000 Australians living with multiple sclerosis. In 2015 I was honoured to become an MS Readathon Ambassador. It gave me the chance to visit schools and encourage kids to do the MS Readathon. I created a website, Jazzy's Bookshelf, held a bookstall and worked hard to help raise money for MS. The MS Readathon is something I look forward to as much every year as I do reading every day.
"Hi, my name is Maddison."
I am 16 years old. About 3 years ago my mum was diagnosed with MS. I'd always enjoyed reading and with the MS Readathon coming up it became a perfect opportunity for me to help other families and individuals living with MS.
In 2011 I made a presentation to my school begging them for help and support. My friends and some members of my school helped and raised funds too. I was very proud of my peers and loved the feeling that I got when I helped others. I have made a promise to myself and all the families and individuals that live with MS to do all I can to raise awareness of this disease.
To dream of a cure is amazing. To find one would mean the whole world to me and many others out there. The MS Readathon is one way for me and many others to help because together we can find a cure if we put our minds to it.
"Hi, my name is Matthew and I am 20 years old."
I was just old enough to recall when Mum was first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). At the time, I didn't really know how it would affect Mum and, consequently, me.
Reflecting back, since I heard the news that Mum was diagnosed with MS, I now realise how much I've had to mature and increase my responsibilities around the house. MS affects people differently and I guess we're lucky Mum is able to function relatively normally and still have full mobility. However, many aren't so lucky and Mum's MS has certainly helped open my eyes.
Due to MS, Mum gets tired more easily than others and has days where she feels just plain awful. These times involve a greater understanding and lots of patience. For any child growing into a teenager, patience and care for others aren't always high on the priority list. We'd much rather indulge ourselves in some form of enjoyable recreational activity than help out more around the house. For me, this hasn't been a luxury I've been able to enjoy. Mum's MS has ultimately helped me achieve greater acceptance of those around me and the patience required when dealing with others.
I have a love of books and enjoy a variety of authors and genres! Having previously been involved in the MS Readathon, I can say that it's a simple, easy and effective way to help out others in need and develop your own independence and understanding of others. I truly hope you get involved, not only for the reading rewards, but also for the chance to contribute to something meaningful: funding research into MS.
"Hi, my name is Lucy and my Dad has MS."
It is really annoying when Dad cannot play soccer or tiggy. He gets angry sometimes because he is frustrated that he has MS. When we go on holidays Dad cannot do all the things we do but he is always positive, although deep down inside, I am sure he is still frustrated.