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Most volunteers are motivated for their cause for good reason, and for Jeffrey Haxton, that reason is his mother.

Haxton, along with his father and brothers, host an annual golf tournament to raise awareness for multiple sclerosis, a disease his mother battled from 1987 until her death in February. His efforts will be honored by the Upstate New York chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as one of the “Young Person on the Move” award recipients in September.

The tournament, which Haxton said is a large portion of his contribution to the cause, involves his entire family.

“It’s nice because we have a large family and it gets everyone together,” he said. “She was one of nine, so we have a lot of her siblings, my cousins, her parents, as well as some other family relatives farther out, make it.”

Because he works so closely with his family on the event, he said he couldn’t take full credit for the award.

“I was happy and a little humbled,” Haxton said, adding that it does help his motivation to keep volunteering. “We want to do two things. One is raise awareness, and two we want to make sure we have a day that is dedicated to my mother where everyone gets together for the Susan Haxton Memorial Golf Tournament to keep her name going, the memory of her as well as providing respect to her as she’s watching down on us from above.”

Haxton is looking forward to the Champions on the Move Luncheon not only to meet other people who are motivated and dedicated to raising money and awareness for multiple sclerosis but also to potentially see how he can improve his activism.

By day, Haxton is a financial planner with Sgroi Financial, and he said his job has allowed him to see how the effects of the disease can vary from person to person.

“I have a few clients who have the disease, some you would never know by looking at them, some where it’s a little more prevalent, and then my mother’s case where the disease is on the more aggressive side and progressed over the years,” Haxton said. “It’s sad to see how it can affect somebody that much, but it affects people on all different levels, which most people are not aware of. We want to try to help as much as possible.”

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