Lynch, 18, is a 2006 graduate of Thayer High School.
In recognition of her determination, the National MS Society has awarded her a $3,000 scholarship through the MS National Society Scholarship Program.
According to MS Director of Communications Rob Arrol, the program was created to assist people and families living with MS who are entering college and in need of financial assistance. He said recipients are chosen based on financial need, academic record, school and community involvement, as well as a personal essay discussing the impact of MS on their life.
"MS has greatly decreased my ability to participate in many activities. But my goals have not been demolished by my MS," said Lynch. "I am looking forward to being on the campus of Missouri State University West Plains to pursue my dream of studying forensic psychology."
Arrol said MS usually strikes adults in the prime of life, between the ages of 20 and 50. It is a chronic disease of the central nervous system affecting the brain and spinal cord.
One new case of MS is diagnosed every hour. "It comes and goes unpredictably, leaving people to wonder, 'Will I become paralyzed, blind or have trouble walking? Will I be able to raise my family and continue my career?'" Arrol said currently there is no cure.
The Gateway Area Chapter supports local and national research of the disease in Missouri and serves more than 5,200 people living with MS as well as more than 35,000 individuals who are touched by the disease in a 90-county area covering the eastern half of Missouri and the southern third of Illionis.