barry-lauderBarry Lauder, Jr is the founder of our #IMPACTMS Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Committee at IMPACT Network and is involved in fundraising and community outreach efforts.

Barry Lauder Jr has been around for near 33 years. Travel and learning have been his two driving forces through life. He has been lucky enough to visit Holland thrice to sample the selection at Barney’s Breakfast Bar. As an undergrad at the University of Vermont he learned about sociology, literature, and Ghanaian police. Most recently, Barry attended University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work to earn a Masters of Social Work (MSW) with a concentration on aging services and policy. Noteworthy is the work of which he was part that focused on music listening, cognition and quality of life for residents living in a memory care neighborhood at a retirement community. In between his schooling endeavors, Barry was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2009. Since then he has injected himself close to 1900 times, had 10 hours of an IV steroid, and needed to be observed for 7 hours to make sure the new pills didn’t break his heart. Cannabis has proven to be an invaluable medicine to help with the pain from optic neuritis or intense nerve pain. Cannabis is a great alternative to the synthetic drugs that cost him $35,000 a year.

It is this collection of experience and diagnosis that push him to volunteer with IMPACT. He would love to aid cannabis research to show its incredible value. Barry has known life with cannabis as medicine for some time. He wants to know more!