Sylvia Kemp, of Frankfort, raised $27,000 to fight multiple sclerosis.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Anna Schier
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Frankfort resident Sylvia Kemp recently received the 2012 Walk MS Fundraising Impact Award for Walk MS Most Valuable Player, according to a media release from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Greater Illinois Chapter. Kemp was honored on Nov. 19 at the chapter’s Tremendous 200 Celebration. The award is given annually to the top Walk MS fundraisers and teams. Kemp hosted four separate Walk MS fundraisers in 2012 and raised more than $27,000 for Illinois residents with multiple sclerosis. Her Walk MS team ranked third overall, collecting more than $40,600 in donations. Multiple sclerosis affects more than 20,000 people in Illinois. Walk MS is the largest annual fundraiser for the society’s Illinois chapter. In 2012, the event raised…
Sylvia Kemp’s attitude about having multiple sclerosis can be summed up in the necklace she wears that reads 'I Have MS. It Doesn’t Have Me.' That’s one of several reasons why she raised more than $18,000 for the Walk MS in Orland Park .
Sylvia Kemp places her hands firmly on a wooden table, and braces as she stands up carefully. Her walk is slow, but her strides are calculated and with confidence, as she approaches a familiar face at Tribes Alehouse in Mokena. She’s on a first name basis with the staff there. She’s on a first name basis with nearly everyone she meets within a few minutes. “You have two choices. Live or don’t,” said Kemp. “Life’s not a multiple choice situation, and I have too much to do.” READ: Marathoner Runs Boston Marathon to Fight Cancer In the past year, the 48-year-old from Frankfort has started a multiple sclerosis support group at St. James Hospital, raised $150,000 at a single auction event for the facility and raised more than $18,000 for Walk …