11:58 PM EST, November 20, 2012
On Nov. 13, Hagerstown resident Mike Tomlin received the Ed Duggan Community Champion Award for Mission advancement by the National MS Society, Maryland Chapter.
The award was presented by chapter president Mark Roeder during the Maryland Chapter’s annual Research Symposium and Volunteer Awards at Martin’s West.
Many diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), an unpredictable neurological disease, would say the news is life-changing.
For Mike Tomlin, that couldn’t’ be more accurate.
Since his diagnosis in 2007, in addition to converting to a healthier lifestyle — losing weight and getting in shape through diet and exercise — Tomlin has committed to “doing something for the cause.”
He has become an advocate, participant and recruiter in the MS movement.
In 2008, Tomlin joined Wells Fargo co-worker John Henderson and Team J — Walkin’, at his first Walk MS event in Frederick, Md.
In June 2011, he completed his first century ride at bike MS: Chesapeake Challenge, as well as participated in bike MS: Mason Dixon Challenge in July of that year.
In September, along with Wells Fargo teammates, Tomlin rode 61 miles in bike MS: Bike to Bordeaux.
Over the last four years, in addition to recruiting others and increasing awareness in the community, Tomlin has participated in eight Walk MS events, and a handful of bike MS rides, raising thousands for MS research.
The National MS Society, Maryland Chapter serves more than 6,500 people with MS statewide, providing more than $750,000 annually to support research.
Fundraising efforts also support clinics at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins MS Centers.
Local programs and services help those with MS obtain access to community resources, including financial assistance, as well as help members connect with others living with MS.
For more information, call Melissa Ward at 443-641-1227.
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