As Miss Milford prepares for the Miss Delaware competition in June, she is traveling the state raising awareness about her chosen platform, Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The news of a close family member being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of twenty, influenced DeMario to help other families dealing with the condition. With more than 1,550 know cases of of MS in Delaware, Taylor states that Delaware has one of the highest occurrence rates in the nation.
Crowned Miss Milford for 2014, Taylor Demario is Development Director for the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Delaware. Multiple sclerosis is a disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain. Demario states that progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted and that is what makes this condition so unusual. After the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis in a close family member, the DeMario family was left confused about what MS was and how it had seemingly appeared overnight.
“The news hit our family hard and none of us knew what MS was at the time,” commented DeMario. “It is hard to believe that a twenty-year-old healthy individual could wake up one morning paralyzed from the waist down as he was.”
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 with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and more than 2.1 million worldwide. In Delaware, more than 1,550 people have been diagnosed with MS. The MS Society in Delaware has raised over $700,000 in an attempt to advance research for a treatment and eventually a cure.
“I started to get involved and believe that we need to create more awareness about the condition and hopefully we can find a cure,” commented DeMario.”
The National MS Society and Multiple Sclerosis Society in Delaware have many programs ranging from support groups to emergency financial assistance as well as MS Educational programs and even scholarships. The MS Society in Delaware will be having several events including Walk MS in historic Dover on Saturday, April 12 and a Twilight Walk MS at Baywood Greens and Heritage Shores on Friday, May 30. For more information on how to get involved with the MS Society in Delaware, individuals are encouraged to visit http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Chapters/DED.