The onset of Rebecca Pursley’s multiple sclerosis in 1993 was sudden and dramatic, she said.
She had to leave her job teaching elementary school in the Lake Washington School District in Kirkland for three months before returning part time.
During her absence, her students formed a team for Walk MS, an annual fundraising event for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. That team, named Team Armadillo because of Pursley’s fascination and devotion to the animals, raised more than $500.
“When I arrived at the 1994 MS Walk, I was surprised to see 27 children in armadillo costumes waiting for me,” Pursley said. “They took turns pushing my wheelchair and carrying banners the entire route.”
Very inspiring story about what Rebecca Pursley’s students did in 1993 after her diagnosis of having MS. In forming team Armadillo they started a tradition.