Rachel and Mom Rachel Weber was five years old when she first realized her mom was different.

She always thought to herself, “A walker was just something that helped you walk, doctors’ visits just happened every week, and grandmas just lived with you.”

The painful reality was that Rachel’s mom, Carolyn had multiple sclerosis.

As painful as that first realization was 13 years ago, Weber now 18 and a senior in high school is taking that pain and turning it into action. For the past three years, she has raised money for the annual Walk MS, this year being held on April 24th at the Devon Horse Show.

Devon Medical Products is sponsoring Weber, daughter of Devon International Group’s Chief Financial Officer, Bradley Weber, and her team, who have raised almost $25,000 since their inception.The inception of the team started for Weber in her freshman year of high school, when she saw a commercial for Walk MS. Instantly she knew she had to do something.
“Choosing a name for my team was easy; my mom loves the song Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond. I chose the name “Sweet Carolyn” in honor of her,” Weber wrote recently in a college essay.

For Weber, it’s not just about raising money though, it’s about walking towards a cure.
“When I was younger and my mom had more mobility, I wasn’t very involved in her health situation,” Weber wrote.
“Now, having the ability to help her fill out checks, talk to doctors on the phone, or even pick my brother up from school makes a huge difference.”

It does get hard for Weber sometimes. Seeing her mom struggle and be confined to a wheelchair. However, her hope is that one day a cure will be found. “I know that through my participation in the walk, one day, my mom will walk with me.”

For more information on this year’s MS Walk or to donate, please visit the Walk MS website.

Christine Olley

Christine Olley is the Marketing Project Coordinator for Devon International Group where she handles blogging for Devon Medical Products, Social Media Management, and a variety of other creative and administrative tasks for the Devon Companies.

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