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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Springs student wins a college scholarship with heartfelt essay of his dad's MS


Kevin Stillerman of Coral Springs was six when his father started showing signs of multiple sclerosis. He was too young to realize it, but the life he knew was about to change forever.

However, it did not take him long to become conscious of the fact that his childhood was different from that of his friends. "When you have a parent with a disability, you sort of have extra responsibilities that others don't have. My dad couldn't play with me like other dads did with their kids, but it didn't affect me too much."

Stillerman, who graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School earlier this year, was searching online for scholarship opportunities when he saw what the National Multiple Sclerosis Society South Florida chapter had to offer. "The chapter was accepting applications from students who had multiple sclerosis or those who were affected by it due to someone in the family having it. I figured I had a good shot."

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