© 2022 Michigan State University Board of Trustees
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Diagnosed with MS at 15, MSU grad lives inspiring life

WKAR/Joe Linstroth

Back in the mid-1980s, when Kelly Finger-McNeela was in high school, she began having problems walking and playing basketball, her favorite sport. Soon, Kelly would receive the terrible news:  she had primary-progressive multiple sclerosis.  It's one of the worst forms of the diseases, characterized by progressively worsening symptoms without any relapse.

Despite her gradually worsening symptoms, Kelly went on to graduate from Michigan State University, and in the process, help improve the campus’ accessibility to disabled students. She also married and adopted a child, all while confined a wheelchair as her condition worsened.

Despite her difficulty speaking, she was gracious enough to share her inspiring story with us here at Current State, along with her friend Doreen Rickert-Radamacher, who has written a book about Kelly’s life called “I Can and I Did.”

Current State host Mark Bashore asked Doreen how she first met Kelly and what sparked the beginning of their years-long friendship.

Related Content
News from WKAR will never be behind a paywall. Ever. We need your help to keep our coverage free for everyone. Please consider supporting the news you rely on with a donation today. You can support our journalism for as little as $5. Every contribution, no matter the size, propels our vital coverage. Thank you.