‘John, my first husband was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the 1960’s… I did not receive any financial help or other assistance, though I wish I had. That was government policy at the time.’ Those were very, very tough times for John and Marjorie.
‘In the 60’s the role of the then Multiple Sclerosis Society of NSW was not so well known, and we had little contact. However, family and friends were of tremendous help. Eventually I was able to take six months long service leave to be with him. I am so grateful that at was with him at the time of his death in 1972.’
Living through that difficult time gave Marjorie a first-hand understanding of the challenges people living with multiple sclerosis face. ‘I learnt how informed, caring and expert support can make a huge difference to the whole family.’
Marjorie has seen the impact that multiple sclerosis has on everyone. As a social worker, she also saw it with her clients. This personal experience aided her decision to support Multiple Sclerosis Limited (MS). She decided to help now and for well into the future.
She has joined the ‘MS Callistemon League’. She is leaving a legacy of her love via a gift in her Will to Multiple Sclerosis Limited.
“I have lived through it.. so MS is a cause close to my heart.”
Marjorie comments on how critical support from MS also extends into regional areas. As it is the case with Marjorie’s niece, who lives in Armidale. She has multiple sclerosis and is benefitting from the services that MS offers.
Marjorie’s decision to leave a legacy gift is a very strong statement of her values. She supports the rights of those facing health and other challenges. Marjorie stands for human rights for all. She doesn’t want anyone to face MS alone.
Marjorie’s legacy will serve as an example for her stepchildren and step-grandchildren. Encouraging them to also live by these caring and supportive values.
She tells us: ‘I have lived through it… so MS is a cause close to my heart”.
Marjorie encourages others to join her in her quest to ensure ‘no one needs to face MS alone.’