Fondrenite, Dr. Scott Crawford, has been inducted into the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Volunteer Hall of Fame.
The honor came earlier this month at the National MS Leadership Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, for his work in advocating for the needs of people with disabilities, including those living with multiple sclerosis.
Dr. Crawford, who received a diagnosis of primary-progressive MS in his early 30’s, left a career as a neuropsychologist to be close to family in Mississippi. But he didn’t let a disability sideline him, speaking out as a disability rights activist, motivated by personal experience fighting for better infrastructure, transportation and affordable medical care.
“I hope this award inspires my friends in Mississippi to continue the struggle to end this disease, take care of each other, and speak out to help those living with disabilities in our community,” Dr. Crawford says. “I ask my friends to give generously to the National MS Society and to advocate for accessible streets and transportation.”
When Dr. Crawford is not volunteering and advocating, he’s building – with LEGO blocks. His annual Lego Jackson is back for a fifth year at the Mississippi Arts Center, beginning December 6 and running through January 15. Over 100,000 individual pieces make up a LEGO-built Jackson – clean, accessible and on the cutting edge – complete with a replica of the Standard Life Building, City Hall and Bailey Junior High School.
Dr. Crawford told Find It In Fondren last year: “Building with LEGO is a little like dealing with MS in that you’re tasked with creating something meaningful with a whole lot fewer ‘pieces’ than you would like.”
The exhibit is open to the public, Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm.