April 16, 2015
Booz Allen Associate Maureen Russell accomplished a pretty amazing feat in 2014 when she completed the grueling Marine Corps Marathon. Quite an accomplish by anyone’s measure—but Maureen savors hers perhaps just a little bit more than most—she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2001, at the age of 17.
More than 330,000 people participate in the Walk MS each year nationwide, raising $50 million to help fund research, education programs, patient assistance, and more. The National MS Society is currently supporting more than 380 new and ongoing research projects around the world. “When I was first diagnosed with MS,” says Maureen, “there were only a couple of drugs available to me to treat the disease. Now there are many more options—and it’s because of the funds raised by the MS Society through events like Walk MS.”
The National Capital Chapter serves approximately 6,500 people, offering support to them, their families and caregivers—raising to 18,000 the number of people affected by MS in the Washington metro region. Booz Allen’s support for the chapter runs deep. We’ve worked with the organization for 10 years, including conducting a 2013 pro bonoproject to enhance the performance of its board in several key areas: fundraising, governance, and engagement. The firm has sponsored Walk MS for 8 years.
Executive Vice President and National Capital Chapter Board member Gary Labovich, says, “It’s heartening to see the number of Booz Allen staff who come out every year to participate in the walk and show their personal support for the cause. And I’m grateful to Booz Allen for its ongoing financial support of Walk MS. I believe that no other company in the area can match our commitment to bring an end to this devastating disease.”
Visit our Events page to learn more about how you can get involved in one of the 6 walks happening between April 11 and May 16 in the Washington Metro Area.