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Greensboro teen honored for MS fundraising

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By Bart Ganzert

GREENSBORO, N.C. — When the Multiple Sclerosis Society offered Krissy Dull a trip to Australia for her fundraising efforts for the 2004 MS Tour to Tanglewood, the 15-year-old declined the award.

Instead, she donated the value of the trip to the society’s 2010 research campaign.

That benevolent gesture by the Greensboro teenager has been one of a number of contributions she has made to the organization in the seven years that she has been involved with it.

Teachers and friends know Dull as passionate, persistent and highly personable.

They also know her as a highly dedicated individual who devotes much of her time helping charities, including the MS Society, the Joann Gaddy Grimes Big Event to Fight Cancer, and Camp Carefree for children with spina bifida.

Her persistence and dedication are spurred, she says, by her desire to help children with disabilities, and for the children and friends that she knows who have them.

                                         Krissy Dull

Education: Rising sophomore, Bishop McGuinness High School

Family: Father, Chris; mother, Jill

Hobbies: Tennis, biking, fundraising, playing with her dogs

Current reading: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

In 2004, to recognize Dull’s efforts, the National MS Society named her its first Outstanding Youth Award winner.

The award recognized here contribution of more than $53,000 to the organization over the past several years by leading teams in the Tour, holding craft sales, leading letter writing campaigns and conducting afternoon kids’ camps.

Dull’s Team Canterbury raised $22,249 for last year’s Tanglewood event, the second-largest team fundraiser, says Suzanne Bland, director of special events for the MS Society.

“The neat thing about her is she is about raising money, not just riding the bikes. She’s such a little entrepreneur,” says Bland.

Dull worked to recruit friends and family members to be part of her team and engaged in fundraisers as diverse as cookbook sales and selling custom-made flip-flops and light-up wine bottles.

“She has an incredible passion,” says Bland. “You can’t tell her ‘No.’” That passion is evident when Dull talks about her fundraising and her commitment to helping find a cure.

“The main thing is [raising] more money,” says Dull. “The more people we can recruit, the more money we can raise.”

Dull became involved in the Tour to Tanglewood when she was eight. She rode with her father, Chris, who continues to ride with her, but she has taken the duty of team captain.

During that time she learned that a school friend’s mother suffered from multiple sclerosis and began to ride in her honor.

Dull began recruiting students and teachers from the Canterbury School, which she was attending.

Later she moved her efforts to her church, Westminster Presbyterian.

“I get good support from my Dad and Mom …church and school,” she says. “The MS office is great.”

Dull plans to intern with the MS Society after she graduates from high school.

“It makes me sad to see people suffer,” she says. “I’ve seen the advances we’ve made and it makes me happy to see us raise money and get closer to a cure.”

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