Nov 17, 2008
“They had an assembly at their school,
In fact the girls’ Walk MS team, Abby and Ginny’s Crew, totaled more than 20 people and brought in more than $6,000 — nearly half of that raised by Abby and Ginny alone.
“I’m so proud and impressed with how they were really driven for the walk.”
The Orzell girls were honored for their hard work recently by
the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter.
“These two young girls show extraordinary courage in the face of sometimes overwhelming challenges,” said Petit at the MS All Stars celebration, which took place Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, Conn. “After their mother’s diagnosis of MS, Abby and Virginia Orzell stepped up to the plate to help make a meaningful difference in the lives of those affected by the baffling and unpredictable effects of MS.”
More than 6,000
When MaryAnn Orzell was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in
2002, the girls were too young to understand the implications, says their mom.
But there was one thing the girls refused to accept. When MaryAnn recently decided that symptoms of her MS would keep her from helping organize this year’s Walk MS in Litchfield, her two daughters wouldn’t take no for an answer.
“They told me, ‘You have to do it, Mom. We’ll do all the work,’ ” says MaryAnn.
The 2009 Walk MS will take place Sunday, April 19, at the
Litchfield Town Green and 10 other sites across
When the girls learned they would be receiving the Hayley & Michaela Petit MS Youth Award, they were surprised, but delighted.
“Just knowing that all the work we have done and will continue to do will someday find a cure for this terrible disease that has negatively affected so many people’s lives, including our mom, is our reward,” said Virginia.
“But having the MS Society recognize our efforts is truly wonderful,” said Abby.
For more information on multiple sclerosis, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org. To learn how to take part in this year’s Walk MS, please contact Michelle Zimnoch, special events director, at 860.714.2300, ext. 234, or [email protected].