Damon Scott is 18-years-old and is a senior at Dell Rapids High School. Two years ago, his life changed in a dramatic way following a serious medical diagnosis. His reaction has been nothing short of extraordinary...and his community is not only taking notice...but taking action too.
They aren't the words you expect to hear from an 18-year-old high school senior just weeks away from graduation. "Last year around this time I was suffering from seizures from the medication I was on at the time. But every since they changed me...early May last year...I have been doing pretty well." About two years ago, Damon Scott was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a neurological order affecting how the brain controls a body's muscles. One year ago, the medicines he were on weren't helping him. In fact they were hurting him...and his fellow students at Dell Rapids High School knew he was suffering and so did Basketball Coach Jason Fersdahl. "He's kept a positive attitude though everything he has had to battle so he's just a great kid to be around. He draws other kids to him."
So last year, an idea was hatched: have the seniors play school staffers in a charity game of basketball, Damon's favorite sport. Damon was humbled that so many people would do something specifically for him. "It means that the community really got behind me and they really do care about people and stuff like that."
But on behalf of the community, Coach Fersdahl says....Damon is the kind of person you want to do things for. "Damon has contributed so much to the Dell Rapids School District, helping in Basketball as a student manager and we appreciate everything he has done. He was a student manager in golf as well." Damon knows he has a fight with MS. He also knows....he is not fighting alone.
This Friday night at 7, there will be another charity basketball game featuring seniors versus staffers at the Dell Rapids High School. All money raised will go to the MS Society Walk which happens early next month. Damon is the 2014 MS Walk Ambassador for Sioux Falls.