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National MS Society Honors 'Top 10' Buffalo-Niagara MS activists

by jmaloni

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Thu, Jul 30th 2015 07:00 am

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society Upstate New York Chapter is honoring 10 individuals and one group for their hard work and determination to create a world free of MS at the "Champions On the Move" luncheon on Friday, Sept. 11. Jacquie Walker of WIVB-TV News 4 Buffalo will host the event.

This unique award ceremony and networking luncheon will honor MS activists in the Buffalo-Niagara region. Some of the award-winners have raised tens of thousands of dollars for MS research and programs and services. Others are being recognized for giving their time.

The 2015 awards for "Champions on the Move" will go to:

Volunteers On the Move: Deb and Rich Barry of Andover and Doreen Poole of Niagara Falls

Young Person on the Move: Jeffrey Haxton of West Seneca and Swetadri Vasan Setlur Nagesh of Kenmore

Stephen H. Kelly Award for a Professional on the Move:Tracey Wypior and Tuesday Dixon from Kinkel Neurologic Center in Williamsville, and Michelle Rainka, Pharm.D., CCRP, from Dent Neurologic Institute in Amherst

Anne L. Schuell Award for an Inspirational Person on the Move: Karen Ragusa of North Tonawanda and Doug Brown of Jamestown

Group on the Move: Hodgson Russ and Elder Care Solutions of Western NY in Buffalo

The luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Buffalo Marriott Niagara, 1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst.

Luncheon table sponsorships are available. Visit MSupstateny.org for more information.

"On the Move" is a nationwide educational and fundraising event that helps increase public awareness of MS and the National MS Society, while acknowledging and encouraging the advancement of philanthropists, community leaders and volunteers. The goal of the "Champions On the Move" luncheon is to raise funds and empower each other to create a better future for those living with MS.

About multiple sclerosis and the National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter

Multiple sclerosis, an often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed. The rate of diagnosis in upstate New York is about double the national average.

MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide and more than 12,800 people in the 50-county region served by this chapter. For more information, visit MSupstateny.org.

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