For her Gold Award project, Vilmarie, 18, from Girl Scouts of Caribe, set out to raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and cancer. She advocated for the approval of Senate Bill 1180 to create a required registry of people diagnosed with MS in Puerto Rico. The bill obtained unanimous approval of the measure by both Legislative Assemblies of Puerto Rico and was converted into Law 85—the first law of a required registry for MS in the world.
Because of this law, genetic studies are already being carried out with Miami University as part of a study on the incidence of MS in the Hispanic population.
Each year, Girl Scouts of the USA honors ten Girl Scouts as National Young Women of Distinction, selected from the thousands of exceptional young women in grades 9–12 who earn their Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.