Local Woman Wins Charity Contest

By: Jummy Olabanji Email
By: Jummy Olabanji Email

April 1, 2007

When Robin Maxwell was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in January of this year she didn't let the disease get her down.

She said she started right away on fund-raising projects, like organizing a team for the MS Walk because she says that the more money she can raise, the closer researchers might be to finding a cure.

Right after her diagnosis, Robin Maxwell's friend told her about a fund-raising contest being held by a Hollywood actor Kevin Bacon.

"[Bacon] said he was putting up 60,000 of his own money for regular individuals who wanted to fund-raise for their charity," said Maxwell.

Without wasting anytime, Robin selected the National MS Society as her charity and started asking for support from family, friends and the community.

The contest promised extra money to the six national charities that raised the most funds.

Maxwell's team raised about $17,500.

When the contest polls closed on Sunday morning, Robin and the MS Society were in 5th place nationally.

She says she's excited to win the extra money from the contest because there isn't enough money in federal funding to fully support research to find a cure for many diseases.

"I've really made it my mission to raise money and awareness for the disease while I'm still a position to do so," said Maxwell.

What many don't know is that MS is a progressive disease, so many times it gets worse as time goes on.

Maxwell said, "We really need to make money, we need to make more money and we need to get those medications better. We need to find a cure."

Many patients living with the disease agree that MS Walks give hop, that a cure is on the way.

"People that are newly diagnosed get involved with this event to help raise awareness for themselves and for the disease that they are facing and people who have had this disease for 20-30 years come out because they know that a cure is in the future," said Aimee Carter, with the MS Society.

The Blue Ridge MS society stated that over 300 people participated in Sunday's walk.

Over $55,000 total was raised.

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