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State Honoree

Eliza Robinson


Eliza Robinson, 18, of Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, served as the spokesperson for the Desert Southwest Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society after having volunteered for the organization for many years. Inspired by her mother, who has lived with multiple sclerosis since Eliza was an infant, Eliza addressed hundreds of people in her effort to educate others about the struggles and challenges of living with this chronic disease. Eliza's personal appearances, which were intended to motivate people to either volunteer for the Multiple Sclerosis Society or to donate funds, dealt with the theme, "Multiple Sclerosis Through the Eyes of a Child." Her reign as spokesperson culminated in a speech before 600 people at the annual Dinner of Champions, which raised over $270,000 for the society. "I realized that the fantastic thing was that someone's life, even the mild courage of an average teenager, could be inspirational not just to others, but also to myself," Eliza said.