Local Man Turns MS Diagnosis into an Opportunity to Become an Advocate & Fundraiser for the National MS Society
When Mark Fry was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis back in 1998 he choose to become a advocate & fundraiser to help provide support and work towards a cure for MS. For the last 11 years he has done everything he possibly can to support the local Mid South Chapter of the National MS Society. It is for this tireless work that he is being honored as the Darrell Waltrip Automotive Hometown Hero for the month of September.
“The National MS Society is blessed to have volunteers and fundraisers like Mark Fry. Mark serves on the National MS Society, Mid South Board of Trustees. He leads a support group for people with MS. He cycles in both of our Bike MS events and has personally raised over $75,000 in the race to cure MS”, shared the Mid South Chapter's President, Stacey Mulder. “He often speaks at our events sharing his personal journey with MS. In addition, Mark has secured many corporate sponsorships for various chapter events. Mark is an outstanding community leader who is vested in improving the lives of those who live with MS and to finding a cure.”
Fry lives a full life having participated in 21 MS-150 rides, 9 triathlons, four 100 mile challenge rides since his diagnosis and logs about 2,000 miles annually. He also serves as a deacon and teacher at his church and uses his professional life to contribute to the MS community as a sales rep for TEVA, a pharmaceutical company that produces Copaxone, a drug for MS patients.
His message to others: “Every day may not be good, but there is good in every day.”
As a part of Mark's Darrell Waltrip Automotive Hometown Hero Award, the Mid South Chapter of the National MS Society will receive a $500 donation in his honor.
“His story of perseverance is inspiring to so many clients and newly diagnosed patients. Mark is one of the most self-less people I know and I think he would be a great choice for our Hometown Hero”, shared Lauren Looser in her nomination of Fry. “He would do anything for anyone and is available at the drop of a hat if the MS Society needs a last minute volunteer.”
For more information about Darrell Waltrip Automotive's Hometown Heroes and to nominate your hero visit www.darrellwaltrip.com.