Delaware Chapter Fall 2012
MS Connection Newsletter Bike MS: Beyond training wheels
One of the most unfortunate realities of multiple sclerosis is that it often strikes people in the prime of their life - between the age of 20-50.
Bike to the Bay – September 22nd and 23rd
This tough reality was recently illustrated when Jack Osbourne, son of Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, was diagnosed at the young age of 26, having just become a father. His story has quickly elevated awareness about the disease. Here locally, Delawarean Jason Troyer was diagnosed in 2007, only six weeks after their second child was born. Jason, 26 at the time, was completely numb from the neck down. “I’m nowhere near where I was when I was diagnosed,” Jason said. “There are different challenges every day. It’s different for everyone. Despite living with MS, Jason, and many of his family and friends, ride in Bike to the Bay – this fall will mark their fourth year riding. He and his wife, Jenny, are the team captains of Team Beyond Training Wheels which got its name, according to Jason, because the couple
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Team Beyond Training Wheels at the 2011 Bike to the Bay was “on training wheels” when they began riding. Since then, they have come a long way and raised $7,600 last year! “Before forming the team, I didn’t do that much riding,” Jason said. “Most of the team was that way, too. But a lot of them jumped in and now many of us are doing the 175 miles. Story continued on page 3
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Letter from the president
who will you tell? When I joined the chapter in 1990, the chairman told me he thought the cure was in sight. Hugh Mulloy believed that MS would be solved in his lifetime and definitely before the new century. He is one of the first people I want to tell when we find a cure.
“Think about it, maybe this will be the year that we find a cure... who will you tell when we do?” - Kate Cowperthwait
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Twenty two years later, I am passionate about this organization and the cause I serve, and I too believe that a cure will be found during my tenure. I believe that, despite some disappointing research reports I see, the wrong turns made clinically, and the people I know who are just hanging on. It is my responsibility to help, to vote, and to give. And I am lucky to have a team of volunteers, donors, and participants like you who help to share this responsibility. Because if we don’t – who will? My church called last night, asking me to continue our family’s support, and perhaps an increase? Alzheimer’s asked me to go door to door and ask my neighbors for a donation (my father suffered from dementia). Chimes asked me to purchase a seat at their annual event (My sister is in a group home managed by Chimes). My inbox at home is flooded with e-mails from candidates asking for support. With all of the competition for people’s time and checkbooks, we need your help to make our organization stand out. Tell your friends and family we need their help to get across that finish line and find a cure. You can make a big difference this fall by getting involved in Bike to the Bay on September 22nd and 23rd – join my cycling team, the Fifty Exquisite Women (FEW), start your own team, raise money as a phantom rider, donate to a cyclist, volunteer, or even join us at the new DEWEY FINISH LINE to cheer cyclists in. Find out more at www.BikeToTheBay.org or call us at (302) 655-5610. Think about it, maybe this will be the year that we find a cure...who will you tell when we do?
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Don’t just ride, Bike MS
Team village Space available
Team Tour de Fruit (pictured above), captained by Sean Clancy, celebrated with a Luau themed tent in the 2011 Bike to the Bay team village. Tour de Fruit won the best team tent award in 2010 and 2011!
Bike to the Bay teams train together, fundraise together, and ride together - and they should celebrate together, too! All you need is a space to put up your team tent in this year’s Bike to the Bay team village. Tent spaces are limited and will be provided on a first come, first served basis. To reserve your space, call (302) 655-5610. The deadline to secure your space is Friday, September 7th. Get ready to have some fun at the finish line! For information on how you, too, can celebrate at the finish line, call (302) 655-5610, or check out the chapter’s 2012 Team Village Guide at www.biketothebay.org. Cover story
“The start and finish line kind of feel like you’re at NASCAR,” said Jason.
We’re way beyond those training wheels now.” Their team continues to grow each year as more family and friends have decided to give it a try in support of Jason. This duo has many memories from the ride over the past three years, but their favorite memories are from the start and finish lines.
“The start and finish line kind of feel like you’re at NASCAR,” said Jason as he described the atmosphere of the ride. Their fundraising secret has become a quarter auction that they host in Milford, which raised over $1,400 this year! As for training for the event, Jason said he rides as much as possible. He even rides his bike to work every day and plans training rides regularly. The whole team enjoys being a part of something that will help to fund research for a cure to MS. With rest stops every 10-12 miles, the ride itself provides for a great experience, but the cause behind it is why they keep pulling out their bikes each year. “The MS Society takes things that are unrealistic for people with MS and makes them realistic,” Jason said. “I encourage anyone to do this ride. It really is for a great cause.”
Jenny and Jason’s newest “Team member” Brody Troyer
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Just the facts - Women and MS Join us for a special Women Against MS (WAMS) cocktail reception at the Goodstay Center on October 3, 2012. The event will feature local speakers who will share information about MS and how the Delaware Chapter serves those affected by it. Additionally, Annie Coons (wife of Senator Chris Coons), the Honorary Chair of the event, will be in attendance. A dear friend of hers was diagnosed with MS and since then, she has become personally committed to the movement to create a world free of MS. Visit Youtube.com/MSSocietyDE to see Chris and Annie Coons dicuss their experiences with MS.
• Nationally, nearly 2/3 of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis are women. •
In Delaware, the rate is even higher as 76% of those affected are women.
10/3/12 ~ 6 PM - 8 PM University of Delaware Goodstay Center $50 a person www.msdelaware.org
MSQUERADE - NOVEMBER 9, 2012 After its huge success in 2011, the MSquerade is back! “We are really excited about the 2nd Annual MSquerade. The planning committee is hard at work creating an evening full of entertainment, food and friends that will raise awareness and get us closer to a world free of MS,” said Alyssa Lee and Lisa Vitanza, co-chairs of the MSquerade planning committee.”
ABOVE: Senator Coons, John and Carin ROllins, and Bianca FraserJohnson at the 2011 MSquerade
11/9/12 ~ 8 PM - Midnight $100/person & $175/couple $150 VIP Ticket- InCLUDING CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION
MSquerade, hosted by Honorary Chairs Jennifer Behm (MasterChef winner) and Julio Lazzarini (Chopped Finalist), will feature live music on the Queen’s stage playing throughout the evening, and an extensive silent auction featuring premier items and services from Delaware businesses. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served along with complimentary drinks. After last year’s huge turn-out of over 375 people, this is an event you don’t want to miss! For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.MSQuerade.org.
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Ways to give
Volunteering: the experience of a lifetime By Helen marie russon
Since my diagnosis with MS in 1997, the Society has been my rock — providing me with information and community resources. It only makes sense that I would want to give something back. In doing so, I have gained at least as much as I have (hopefully!) given. One way I’ve volunteered is by participating in community projects such as giving people rides to their doctors or teaching someone how to use a computer. When I feel less energetic, I contribute in more sedentary ways. My chapter can always use someone to stuff envelopes, put in a shift at the front desk, or help with updating volunteer lists. And it goes without saying that the “office atmosphere” is far from traditional! Helen Marie Russon is a volunteer at the Oregon chapter.
Interested in voluneering for the Delaware Chapter? Call Ainsley Hertrich at (302) 655-5610 or email Ainsley. Hertrich@nmss.org
We need YOU to volunteer Volunteering for the Delaware Chapter can be the experience of a lifetime — and we need your experience. It takes thousands of volunteer positions to keep the Society running. Here is a sampling of ways to volunteer. Caring Hands: On November 17, 2012, help organize projects such as painting, minor repairs and yard work to help people living with MS Office Projects and Front Desk Volunteers: Help with mailings, phone calls and other office tasks. Fundraising Events: Volunteers are the backbone of all special events. Upcoming events include Bike to the Bay, Thanksgiving Run/Walk for MS, and Walk MS. Friendly Visitors: Visit someone living in a long-term care facility each month to lend an ear and your support.
Volunteers Needed Bike to the Bay! Sept. 22nd and 23rd The Delaware Chapter needs over 250 volunteers for Bike to the Bay. Volunteers help to: • hand out rider numbers and T-shirts • load and unload the equipment truck, • hand out prizes to the cyclists, • prepare and serve meals, • and much more!
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That’s a wrap Busy legislative session comes to an end The Delaware Chapter’s Government Relations Committee (GRC) has been busy at work in Dover, advocating on behalf of the 1,550 Delawareans living with MS. Specifically, advocates traveled to Dover several times to meet with elected officials at Legislative Hall regarding three key pieces of legslation for the MS community - and had success with all three! The legislative session ended on June 30, 2012. Here is a status update of the GRC’s three priority bills: 1) The Utility Shut-Off Bill (HB 261) originally said that a utility company could not turn off power to citizens if it would cause hospitalization. Given the affect of heat on MS advocates worked to add an amendment that made the bill more inclusive of people living with MS.
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MS connection: Summer 2012 2) The Specialty Tier Bill (SB 252) was released from Senate Committee and will be revisited in January to help control the costs of specialty medications for patients whose insurance companies have a specialty teir. 3) The Universal Design Bill (HB 227) passed and will give incentives to contractors for building accessible homes.
GRC MEMBERS Nitin Rao, Maria McCabe and Darnell Trower with Rep. Mike Ramone during A visit to Legislative Hall. Information provided by the Society is based upon professional advice, published experience and expert opinion. Information provided in response to questions does not constitute therapeutic recommendations or prescriptions. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society recommends that all questions and information be discussed with a personal physician. The Society does not endorse products, services or manufacturers. Such names appear here solely because they are considered valuable information. The Society assumes no liability for the use or contents of any product or service mentioned.
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walk stars 2012 Step by Step, walk ms is changing lives Walk MS: Wilmington Riverfront Top Fundraiser Bianca Fraser-Johnson (Team Spicy Stuff) - $19,115 Top Team: Spicy Stuff captained by Bianca Fraser-Johnson - $34,869 Walk MS: Historic Dover Top Fundraiser: Scott Donaway (Team Donaway and Friends) - $3,008 Top Team: Team Pizza Delight captained by Ben Schiebel -$8,334.97 Walk MS: University of Delaware Top Fundraiser: Michelle Brill (Team Nova) - $1,650 Top team: The Daring Dashers captained by Devon O’Dwyer - $3,870 Walk MS: Twilight at Heritage Shores Top Fundraiser: Kelly Griffith (Kelly’s Crusaders) - $2,815 Top Team: Kelly’s Crusaders captained by Kelly Griffith - $4,510
Congratulations & thank you for helping move us closer to a world free of MS!
Walk MS: Twilight at Baywood Greens Top Fundraiser: Kay Oesterling (Team ZOOM ZOOMS) - $6,655 Top Team: ZOOM ZOOMS captained by Monroe Colvett - $27,235
Team Spicy Stuff, pictured above at the 2011 Wilmington walk, raised over $34,869!
Health INsurance exchanges By Marcella durand
If you had to create a way for millions of people to learn everything they need to know about health insurance, so that they could choose a policy that’s right for them and get properly enrolled with top-notch customer support, how would you do it? That’s the question state lawmakers are facing as they consider how to organize their state’s health insurance exchange, a major component of the ACA (Affordable Care Act) due to begin operation by 2014.
What they are Health insurance exchanges are web-based “marketplaces” where individuals and small businesses can compare and purchase affordable and qualified health benefit plans. Existing models have been compared to websites like www.travelocity.com or Consumer Reports’ product ratings that offer consumers a choice of options, based on their needs and preferences. In addition to information about the price of various plans, the exchanges will be able to tell people if they qualify for tax credits provided in advance to make the plans affordable. Exchanges also increase competition among insurance companies, which should bring down costs.
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Health insurance exchanges are web-based ‘marketplaces’ where individuals and small businesses can compare and purchase affordable and qualified health benefit plans. The ACA has established standards that exchanges must meet, but most of the planning and implementation will take place at the state level. State lawmakers can either establish their state’s own exchange through legislation, or allow their eligible residents to use an exchange run by the federal government. Many exchanges are still “under construction” as states across the nation debate what will work best for them.
What’s included Some important features of exchanges that will help people when they shop for health coverage include: User-friendly application and enrollment processes. A single, standardized application form and a “no wrong door” approach determine which programs people are eligible for and direct them through the process with a minimum of red tape. Security. For many people, if they lose their job, they lose their insurance, too. Exchanges guarantee a secure place where anyone who’s not already covered through an employer plan or Medicare can obtain insurance. Moreover, by law, insurance plans offered through exchanges will not be able to deny coverage because of pre-existing conditions like MS.
nationalmssociety.org | 1-800-344-4867 Accessibility. Help with selecting and enrolling in a plan will be available to consumers over the phone, online through the exchange’s website, and in person through specially trained “navigators.” Traditional insurance brokers and agents will continue to play a role by helping business owners and other customers purchase health coverage, too All services of the exchange should be available to all persons eligible for its products, regardless of any disabling condition. That includes overcoming barriers due to language, as well as physical or cognitive disabilities. Reassurance. Exchanges will offer plans that allow people to keep their current healthcare providers. This is important to people with MS or other chronic conditions, who often have established a solid relationship with their doctor, nurse or therapist. Transparency. By law, details about all plan options and covered benefits, including out-ofpocket costs and benefit exclusions, must be made clear. Greater transparency in coverage will help consumers make “apples to apples” comparisons between options from insurers competing on a level playing field.
Where we are now To learn more, visit the Kaiser Family Foundation’s website at www.statehealthfacts.org, or ACA FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) at www.nationalMSsociety.org/ACAFAQS. Marcella Durand is the associate editor of Momentum, the Society’s national magazine. Go to www.nationalMSsociety.org/Momentum.
Make your vote count by Renee Vandlik
Election Day 2012 is on the horizon, so get ready to cast your vote for who best represents the issues you care about. Here’s what you need to know to vote in the elections on November 6.
The big picture This fall, Americans will cast votes for the presidency, every member of the U.S. House of Representatives and one-third of the U.S. Senate. What’s different? Since the 2010 census, 15 million Americans became eligible to vote and an anticipated 50 million more will vote this November due to stronger engagement in national campaigns. However, people with disabilities register to vote at a 16 percent lower rate than other Americans. And with 1 in 10 eligible voters having a disability, that’s a lot of people whose voices aren’t being heard. Make sure yours is. Register yourself and learn how you can register others at www.usa.gov/ Citizen/Topics/Voting/Register.shtml.
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Prepare to vote This year, citizens in 30 states will have to comply with voter identification laws. Contact your local polling precinct ahead of time to find out what you’ll need. Also ask about accessibility: you don’t want to show up, only to find out you can’t get in the door. Since 2005, The Help America Vote Act requires every precinct in the country to have at least one voting machine or system accessible to persons with disabilities, including those with vision impairments. If it’s difficult to vote in-person, plan to vote absentee. Learn more at www.longdistancevoter.org.
The informed voter
Go to www.nationalMSsociety.org/advocacy to learn more about issues important to people with MS, such as health care, accessibility and medical research. Renee Vandlik is the Society’s director of State Government and Local Government Relations.
Thank you TD Bank Financial Group for the $7,500 grant toward our HomeAble program which provides home modifications for Delawareans with MS! Pictured (right to left): DE Chapter Major Gifts Officer Dick Riggs, Vice Chair of the DE Chapter Board Maria McCabe, and TD Bank’s Regional VP for the State of Delaware Mike MacFarland.
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The road of a researcher By Marcella Durand
Richard Ransohoff, MD, began his long research career with a Harry Weaver Neuroscience Award from the National MS Society. “There wouldn’t have been a career, otherwise,” he says. “I had no research track record — the Society really took a chance on me.” It was a chance that paid off big time. Dr. Ransohoff’s research into the role of “chemokines,” messenger proteins that play a role in the immune system, may lead to new MS therapies. For his groundbreaking research, he was chosen by his peers as the 2012 John Dystel Prize recipient. The prize is given jointly by the Society and the American Academy of Neurology. In 1993, not too long after he received the Weaver Award, Dr. Ransohoff made the discovery that chemokines played an important role in MS. He and a colleague, Mari Tani, MD, at the Cleveland Clinic had been studying mice with EAE, an MS-like disease, when they found that astrocytes, a type of brain cell, were producing chemokines that attracted immune cells to the mice’s brains. “It was like the disease process sat up and talked to us,” he remembers.
nationalmssociety.org | 1-800-344-4867 His team then went on to study chemokines in immune cells from people with MS, where they found chemokine receptors on many of the cells involved in the immune attack. Dr. Ransohoff also showed that chemokines may actually help determine whether nervous system repair occurs during the course of MS. By deactivating a chemokine receptor called “CXCR2,” he found that the development of myelin-making cells was improved. “The insights that Dr. Ransohoff’s discoveries have provided could ultimately pave the way for the development of a new class of drugs in MS based on chemokines,” said Benjamin
M. Segal, MD, one of the nominators of Dr. Ransohoff for the Dystel Prize. With a research grant from the Society, Dr. Ransohoff is now studying cell types with and without chemokine receptors to clarify how these cells participate in tissue damage and — with an eye toward developing a future therapy to stop disease activity — tissue repair. He also is returning the Society’s long-ago gesture of trust by mentoring young researchers and teaching them how to talk about their discoveries. Marcella Durand is the associate editor of Momentum, the Society’s national magazine.
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Congratulations to our 2012 Scholarship recipients and best wishes to all of you as you pursue your academic dreams this fall! Syndey Crawford Daniel Rowe Rhett Malone Haley Bennetti
Not pictured: Kari Piatt Scholarships are awarded to high school seniors who have MS or have a parent with MS. The 2013 Scholarship program will begin in October 2012. Learn more at http://www.nationalmssociety.org.
Connecting the dots: vitamin D and MS by Dr. Linda Buchwald
Exciting new research is beginning to identify both genetic and environmental factors involving vitamin D that could increase one’s risk for developing MS and could influence disease progression. Research is also targeting vitamin D as a potential therapy, with clinical trials being planned or already underway to determine whether it can prevent or treat MS.
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the latitude effect There’s a long-standing observation that population rates of MS increase the farther away one is from the equator and from the sun, exposure to which is our major source of vitamin D. Could the two be connected? Researchers have been exploring that very question. Studies of who gets MS have confirmed that higher levels of sun exposure and higher blood levels of vitamin D were both associated with decreased risk of a first demyelinating event— often the first indicator of developing MS. In addition, there is evidence that high levels of vitamin D in utero and during adolescence and adulthood also have a positive effect on reducing the risk of developing MS. Other research suggests that vitamin D may have an effect on the inflammatory processes that occur during MS flares. In a small safety study at St. Michael’s hospital in Toronto, researchers found that immune T cells involved in MS attacks were suppressed in people who had higher blood levels of vitamin D.
Genes, vitamin D and MS Studies done in families where multiple individuals have MS have resulted in new information that potentially links genetic factors related to vitamin D activation. In December, Canadian and British researchers published the results of a study that set out to look for rare genetic changes that could explain
John, diagnosed in 2001
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strong clusters of MS in some families. They studied DNA in 43 individuals selected from families with four or more members with MS. The team compared the DNA changes they found against existing databases, and identified a change in the gene CYP27B1 as being of interest. The CYP27B1 gene plays an important role in converting Vitamin D to a biologically active form. The researchers then looked for the same rare gene variant in over 3,000 families of unaffected parents with a child with MS. They found 35 parents who carried one copy of this variant along with one normal copy. In every one of these 35 cases, the child with MS had inherited the mutated version of the gene.
The road forward Further research now underway will determine if vitamin D may have preventative as well as disease-modifying effects. In EAE, the animal model of MS, vitamin D supplementation prevents and slows the progression of the disease, while vitamin D deficiency worsens the disease. We also know that high vitamin D levels in people with MS have been associated with decreased risk of exacerbations and less severe disability. To what extent vitamin D can influence the course of MS once someoneâ€™s been diagnosed is still unclear; however, research is being planned to clearly define the role of vitamin D in the prevention, progression and treatment of MS. For instance, researchers at Johns Hopkins University are leading a multicenter controlled clinical trial funded by the Society to determine whether high-dose vitamin D added to standard therapy
13 with Copaxone further reduces disease activity in people with MS. (To learn more about this trial, which is still recruiting participants, visit www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01490502.) What is clear is that vitamin D deficiency is extremely common in many parts of the country. The optimal approaches for vitamin D supplementation in the general population and in those with MS have not been established, yet it is important that everyone take a minimum daily amount of vitamin D supplement. I recommend at least 2,000 IU and no more than 4,000 IU per day for my own patients with MS; however, official recommendations are lower (see www.ods.od.nih. gov/factsheets/VitaminD-QuickFacts), so ask your healthcare providers what they recommend for you. Due to the inherited risk of MS and the possible preventative effect of vitamin D supplementation, also discuss the possible implications of vitamin D deficiency and supplementation for your children. n Dr. Linda Buchwald is chief of Neurology at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass., and the medical director of the Mount Auburn Hospital Multiple Sclerosis Care Center. She is a trustee of the Societyâ€™s Greater New England Chapter and Clinical Advisory Committee member. This article originally appeared in the Greater New England Chapterâ€™s Spring 2012 MS Connection.
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office hours in sussex Starting in September, the Delaware Chapter will expand its reach in lower Delaware by offering regular office hours at the Easter Seals Headquarters in Georgetown, DE. The purpose of these office hours is to serve the MS populations in Southern Delaware by increasing the number of service providers, developing collaborative relationships through community outreach, and growing client programs in lower Delaware. “The opening of this office represents an important step in both supporting our Sussex County clients and furthering our partnership with Easters Seals of Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore,” said Debra Veenema, Director of Programs and Services
Sussex Office Hours Easter Seals Delaware 22317 DuPont Boulevard Georgetown, DE 19947-2153 2nd and 4th Monday of each month starting September 2012 *To schedule a meeting with MS Society staff, call (302) 655-5610 or 1-800-FIGHT-MS*
Thursday, November 22 Sign-in begins: 8:00 A.M. PNC Bank Center 222 Del Av., Wilmington USATF-cert. 5K & 10K, Kiddie Fun Run, 5K walk To register, call (302) 655-5610 or visit www. MSDealware.org
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Tributes and Memorials In memory of...
Diana Hayes Jerome & Esther Shetzler Pearl E. Davis Albert & Nancy Quillen Kathleen Mary Simpson Mary-Ellen Goger Ron Dotterer Patricia Fiske Jamie & Monroe Colvett H. Lynn & Helen Jankus Gerard & Georgia Spade Jack Culver Robert & Rachel Christina NCC Department of Land Use Barbara Grzybowski Joan & David Haspel Jean Wirt Larry Tarabicos Bonnie J. Paoletti Ralph & Carole Brown Mrs. Carol Viscusi Edward R. Harvey Bloom Engineering Co., Inc. Cynthia A. Petty Anne Harding Anthony & Patricia Miller Ethel Pope John G. Ballenger Fred & Sue Henschel
Denise A. Smith Rhoda May Mary Ann Lombardozzi Ruth Hollingsworth Rosemary & Edward Sheehy Darla & Jason Stover Joseph & Imogene Geoghegan David & Margaret McMillan Boyd & Rita Freeborough Stephen & Diane Beneck Arlo & Alicia Courter A. K. Plitt Mr. & Mrs. Barry Heckler Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. Donaghy, Jr. Louis & Kathy Hoffman Richard & Amy Harra Robert & Suzanne Fraser Barbara Beddall Shirley Doerflinger Thomas P. Sweeney Heather Richards Evans & Family Margaret & Ozzie Kincannon Marilyn Haley Joan Haley-Wroten William Michael McCabe Nancy Selzer Elizabeth P. Van Leeuwen Barbara Gorman Marion B. Borden
Marcia & Bill Quillen Betty P. Krahmer Jeanne Morgan Cortner G. Robert & Virginia L. McKay Suzanne & John Jones Jeff Worden Bill & Inez Cobb Keith & Barbara Anzilotti Arnold & Berta Kerr Donald & Martha Dewees Mark & Linda Ploener Laura Scanlan Bernard & Helen Balick Ozzie & Margaret Kincannon Mr. & Mrs. Milton Jackson Paula Grant James & Jane Erisman Matilda Maassen
In honor of... Doris Abelsonâ€™s special birthday Helen & Alan Rubin Sharon Boyce Robert Merrittâ€™s 60th birthday Lawrence & Anne Reiter Jean Griswold Mary Anne Murray & BJ Clark
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Bernice Schater REsearch Symposium &
Annual Meeting October 27, 2012
DEL TECH, DOVER CAMPUS 12:00pm—1:00pm: Annual Meeting – State of the Organization, Awards Ceremony, Vote on Board of Trustees 1:30pm—2:00pm: Keynote Speaker – Dr. Jason Silversteen 2:15pm—3:15pm: Panel Discussion with MS Specialists (please submit your questions in advance) **The Research Symposium will be streamed to the Stanton and Georgetown campuses.** To get the most up-to-date information, register, or submit questions online, visit WWW.MSDELAWARE.ORG OR Call (302) 655-5610 or 1-800-FIGHT MS.
FEATURED SPEAKER: JASON SILVERSTEEN, DO, Multiple Sclerosis Specialist, Christiana Care Neurology, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Drexel University College of Medicine
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