How Team Gleason began
When Trevis was diagnosed in 2001, family
members had migrated apart. “We didn’t know
what MS really was,” said Molly. “And we felt
helpless being so far away.”
“We all wanted to know more about what Trevis
was going through and how we could help,” said
his sister Angie, now in Tampa, Fla. “It was hard
not being with him.”
But that would change in a few years. In 2004,
Trevis got involved with the Society’s Greater
Northwest Chapter. Then he started his own
team, Team Gleason. A visit from his brother Bill
happened to coincide with the yearly planning
session at the chapter, so Trevis took him along.
“He was so impressed that he wanted to know what
he could do. So I told him to start his own team,”
he said. Bill started a Team Gleason in Grand
Rapids, and after a year, Molly took over as captain.
“My husband, daughter and friends always
participate, and walk and talk with people of all
ages and all stages of MS,” Molly said. “We began
to understand better what MS was.”
started a Team Gleason in San Francisco. Teams
grew by leaps and bounds as captains reached
out. Trevis was astonished that people whom
he had never met would come out in support.
“But what’s important to me is important to my
friends, and that apparently continues down the
line,” he said.
A year-round e;ort
During the rest of the year, team members and
captains brainstorm about other fundraising
activities. This year Molly is planning a golf outing
to raise money for the cause. Angie organizes a
St. Patrick’s Day party every year. And this past
November, Jim convinced a top mixologist to
donate time at a local bar. “Everyone came to taste
his crazy drinks,” said Jim.
The best family time
Even the younger generation is joining in. “My
14-year-old daughter Hailey loves to reach out
to teachers and friends to help with donations
or walking,” Molly said. “She really sees that she
is making a difference. Plus, everyone goes out
before and after the walk to talk about the day. It’s
the best kind of family time.”
What team spirit looks like
When Molly’s brother Jim moved to Arizona, he
decided to start a Team Gleason, as well. “I was
new to the city and it was a great way to meet
people,” said Jim.
“Walk MS has definitely brought our family closer
again,” Angie said.
walkMS.org to learn more about how you
can join in. ;
Trevis’ Aunt Marie started a Team Gleason in
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Patricia Wadsley is a New York–based freelancer and a frequent contributor to Momentum.