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Get To Know Us and What We Do

After discovering a lack of awareness for Multiple Sclerosis in the Rio Grande Valley, Lucia Rivera founded the South Texas Multiple Sclerosis Council in 2015. Her daughter, Lori, had also been diagnosed with MS at the time.


This organization has not only brought people living with MS in the RGV together but has also been established as a resource for patients, as well as their family and friends. Many people have joined the organization in search of support and a way to talk to others who are experiencing similar symptoms.


Lucia Rivera


My daughter, Lorena, was diagnosed with MS in October 2015. After her diagnosis, our world as we knew it came to an end because this monster, as it's known to us, has taken over our baby's body and we can't fight it because there is no cure. We will not accept the fact that there is no cure.


Dina Villarreal


Dina was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis in September 2016 at the age of 41. Dina is married with 4 children from a happily blended family. Dina is a former ASL Interpreter and licensed massage therapist/instructor.


Janie Hurtado


Janie was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis in 2009. She worked as a nurse but now is a stay at home mom of two boys, Edgar Jr. and Ricky. MS has given her a different outlook on life and now does not take anything for granted.


Jorge Peña

Vice President


Marisol Villalon


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Mario Mata

Board Member

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Jesus Sanchez

Board Member


Cindy Garza

Board Member


Gisela Saldivar

Board Member


Shelby Wilde

Member - Diagnosed in 2021

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Yesica Rodriguez

Member - Diagnosed in 2017


Alec Martinez

Member - Diagnosed in 2020


Eduardo Sanchez

Member - Diagnosed in 2021

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Rosie Perez

Member - Diagnosed in 2016

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Lori Peña

Member - Diagnosed in 2013

Do you have Multiple Sclerosis and live in the Rio Grande Valley? We would love to have you as a member of the STMSC.


Email to get more information about the organization!

Shelby Wilde, 24

STMSC has helped me so much through my journey with MS. Being a part of this amazing group has allowed me to share my story and hear others who have also been diagnosed with MS. I enjoy being able to talk to people who understand what I am going through as well as having support. I am so lucky to have met Lucia and the rest of my STMSC family.


The South Texas Multiple Sclerosis Council would not be possible without donations from the community. If you would like to donate to help the organization better the lives of people living with Multiple Sclerosis in the Rio Grande Valley, please click one of the "Donate Now" buttons below. Your tax deductible contribution is greatly appreciated!

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Get in Touch

Lucia Rivera, STMSC President 956-802-4290

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