More MS news articles for June 2001

Aloha, Liane!

Miss Waikiki Joins National MS Ambassadors

June 8, 2001—National MS Ambassadors have included comedians, marathoners, and supermodels. Now, a beauty queen has joined their ranks. Liane Mark, the current Miss Waikiki and a contestant for the title of Miss Hawaii 2001, has become a National MS Ambassador in order to heighten awareness of MS and to promote the work of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in February 2001, Liane’s symptoms have so far been mild. However, Liane understands how unpredictable the course of MS can be, and knows that she may have to put her dream of becoming an actress, recording artist, and producer of children’s programming on hold. In the meantime, she has begun therapy with Avonex, one of the FDA-approved medications proven to aid in controlling the disease and its progress.

Liane had been a regular volunteer at National MS Society fundraisers during her high school years, but during those years she didn’t have a “face” to associate with MS. Now that face is hers. She is already very active in the Hawaii division, and both her MS Walk team and her efforts have greatly enhanced the success and visibility of the Hawaii MS Walk.

Liane hopes to bring her enthusiasm to work for the National MS Society:

"Being fortunate enough to be in the public eye as I am," she says, "gives me the opportunity to educate people about MS, how it strikes in the prime of life, and how the National MS Society is out there to make life easier for people with MS."

Although Liane is just 23, her scholastic honors and accomplishments are impressive. A graduate of Yale University with a BA in Theater Studies and Psychology, she plans to earn a master's degree of Fine Arts in Acting as well as a doctorate in Psychology. The National MS Society is pleased and proud to welcome her to the National MS Ambassadors Corps.