10 years ago I surprised my mom for her birthday saying that my best friends and I created a team on her behalf to participate in the Jayman BUILT #MSWalk. The very first year was the absolute best memory. Crossing the finish line together was a remarkable experience and bonded our team in a way that is everlasting. That vision has stayed with us and has kept us all on this journey together.
When my mom was diagnosed, we as a family we were all very scared and unsure of what everything all meant and what was going to happen. We knew in that moment everything we felt and our outlook on life was going to change forever. I think the root of all of our worries was that one day we would have to watch and experience this disease take away pieces of her.
Since then though, we have continued to walk and show our support. To feel that we are contributing to such a good cause that raises awareness is hugely important to us. Our team, Nelder Hope has grown very large and we continue to have the common goal of raising funds for research. To experience such unconditional and abiding love, that we can pass on to others affected by MS is pretty amazing.
-Jaelynn Sciotti, Jayman BUILT MS Walk team captain of Nelder Hope & Allison Nelder, diagnosed with MS in 2002