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South Florida Chapter

Exciting New Events In 2010!

he National MS Society, South Florida Chapter is proud to announce some exciting new events in 2010! Embrace a personal challenge of spirit and strength, while making an important difference in the lives of people with MS. Find out more about the events at www. nmssfls.org or call 1 800 FIGHT MS (in South Florida) or 954-731-4224.

MS Panther Climb MS Panther Climb is a unique event that will make you climb, claw and run your way to a cure for MS. Prior to the Florida Panther game, climb stairs on January 23, 2010 around the BankAtlantic Center including a lap around the concourse to reach to th top! Participants will register in different categories and age groups for a timed race to the top. Registration fee is $25 with a fundraising minimum of $75. All participants will receive a ticket to watch the Florida Panthers vs Toronto Maple Leafs and witness an MS presentation in between periods. For more information, please contact Cathy McCarthy at 954-731-4224.

Run to Stop MS

ING Miami Marathon

Make it your personal achievement of running a long-distance race even more memorable by helping those who live with the unpredictable challenges of multiple sclerosis. Register today for the ING Miami Marathon. On January 31, 2010 run or walk 13.1 miles or 26.2 miles on roadways filled with cheering supporters. You will receive an invitation to weekly runs with Run to Stop MS mentors Samantha Balanovich, Eileen Friedman, Jose Rivas and Stacey Schulman. Each runner will also be given free online training, a free race day singlet, nutrition recommendations, a 30 day free gym membership and much more! Registration fee is $50 and a fundraising minimum of $1,500. For more information, please contact Mary Jordan at 954-731-4224.

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Weston 5K Run Join the Movement with a little speed and race your way to a cure at the first MS 5K Run held prior to the MS Walk event. On March 13, 2010 at 7:00 am the competitive event will take place at Markham Park. Pre-registration is $25 and $35 for day of with registration opening at 5:45 am. A free gift will be given to the first 250 registered runners. Don’t let your children miss out on the fun! The Kids ¼ Fun Run is for children between the ages of 5-10 and will start at 8:45 am. Pre-Registration is $10 and $15 for day of registration. For more information, please contact Mary Jordan at 954-731-4224. The National MS Society’s 5th Annual Health Expo and Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, November 22, 2009 at the Signature Grand in Davie, Florida. Experience the region’s most comprehensive program focusing on MS research developments, and community elp Us ! H resources. een r G o G MS Signature Grand e the ne. v i e c i Re 6900 W State Road 84 n Onl o i t c 7 e Davie, FL 33317 4-486 Conn 4 3 0 -80 to Please RSVP by calling Call 1 731-4224 or 954 up today. 1 800 FIGHT MS or go to sign nmssfls.org by November 16, 2009

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Tel: 954-731-4224 Fax: 954-739-1398 Publication of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society South Florida Chapter 3201 West Commercial Blvd. Suite 127 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309 Chairman Fred Zuckerman Vice Chairmen Joey Epstein Ed Pozzuoli Secretary Diann Geronemus Treasurer Kevin Conn Chapter President Karen Dresbach Newsletter Editor Jolene Caprio The National Multiple Sclerosis Society does not endorse products, services or manufacturers. Such names appear here solely because they are considered valuable information. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society assumes no liability for the use of contents of any product or service mentioned. 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 National Multiple Sclerosis Society is dedicated to ending the devastating effects of MS. © 2009 National Multiple Sclerosis Society, South Florida Chapter

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Flu Vaccines

s in previous years, the National MS Society recommends a regular flu shot as a safe and effective vaccination for people with MS. The flu shot—which is a de-activated or “killed” vaccine—can safely be taken by individuals who are on any of the disease-modifying medications (Avonex®, Betaseron®, Copaxone®, Rebif®, Novantrone®, or Tysabri®). In 2003, the FDA approved a flu vaccine nasal spray “for healthy children and adolescents, ages 5-17, and healthy adults, ages 18-49.” According to Dr. Aaron Miller, the Society’s Chief Medical Officer, FluMist—which is a live, weakened vaccine—is not recommended for use by people with MS, and should specifically be avoided by any person with MS who is on an immunosuppressive medication such as mitoxantrone (Novantrone®), cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan®), azathioprine (Imuran®), or methotrexate.

• Live-virus vaccines are more likely than de-activated-virus vaccines to cause an increase in disease activity in people with MS. • A person taking an immunosuppressive medication is more susceptible to developing an infection with the vaccine strain of the virus—an infection that may be particularly severe because the person’s immune system is suppressed. • The interactions between live vaccines and the disease-modifying medications are not known. On September 15, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved four vaccines for the H1N1 flu virus. The vaccines are manufactured using similar processes by four different companies. A person being vaccinated against H1N1 influenza will receive one dose of one of these vaccines. It is anticipated that these vaccines will be available in early to mid-October. Three of the H1N1 vaccines are de-activated or “killed” vaccines that are administered by injection. These de-activated vaccines are considered safe for people with MS. One is a live, attenuated vaccine that is administered by nasal spray. This live,

nasal spray vaccine should be avoided by individuals with MS. The initial supply of H1N1 vaccine will not be adequate to vaccinate everyone. The CDC has indicated that five groups will initially be targeted for vaccination: • Pregnant women • Persons who live with or provide care for infants under 6 months of age • Healthcare and emergency services personnel • Children and young adults aged 6 months to 24 years of age • Persons aged 25-64 who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza-related complications. It is important to note that people with disabilities (including people with MS) are not necessarily considered part of this high-priority group. However: • The flu virus (like any other virus) can precipitate MS exacerbations. • A person with advanced MS or someone with less severe disease (Kurtzke 6.0) who has reduced pulmonary function or has any difficulty with breathing is considered at risk for complications and a good candidate for the H1N1 vaccine. We recommend that people talk with their MS doctor to determine if they are a good candidate for the H1N1 vaccine. In summary people with MS should consult with their physician about obtaining a regular flu shot as soon as the regular flu vaccine is available. They should also discuss with their neurologist whether they should get the H1N1 vaccination because (1) catching the flu would put them at greater risk of an exacerbation, or (2) their MS symptoms are severe enough to put them at risk for flu complications. You can read information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about the regular flu vaccine at http:// www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts. htm and the H1N1 vaccine at http:// www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/ public/vaccination_qa_pub.htm. Comprehensive information is also available at www.flu.gov.


To encourage innovative research into highly promising areas and to improve MS patient care, the National MS Society launched the Promise: 2010 Campaign. This nationwide effort fueled by local MS chapters will raise at least $35 million to fund four targeted areas that hold great potential in the fight against the effects of MS, but which have so far been under-explored. NERVOUS SYSTEM REPAIR & PROTECTION More than 50 investigators from diverse disciplines and nations are paving the way for clinical testing of therapies to protect and restore function in people with MS. PEDIATRIC MS CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE Six regional treatment centers were launched in January 2006 with the ambitious goal of establishing standards of care and offering optimal medial and psychological support to children with MS and their families, regardless of their proximity to the center or ability to pay. THE SONYA SLIFKA LONGITUDINAL MS STUDY Twice-a-year phone interviews with more than 3,000 individuals with MS, seeking to answer questions about long-term impacts of MS on quality of life. THE MS LESION PROJECT The possibility that MS has multiple causes is the focus of this pathbreaking international collaboration, led by Claudia Lucchinetti, MD, of the Mayo Clinic. All of the initiatives have made great progress, but it is vital that the work continue. To support Promise: 2010 or any of the initiatives, please call the South Florida Chapter at 954731-4224. Learn more at nationalMSsociety.org/promise2010.

President Obama Marks the Anniversary of the ADA by Pledging to Sign the 1st International Treaty on Disability Rights

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n July 24, President Obama marked the 19th anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, which barred discrimination against people with disabilities, by announcing the intent of the United States to sign the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The purpose of the CRPD is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity.

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Promise: 2010Funding Vital MS Research and Care

Invited to be a part of the select audience for this historic moment was Joyce Nelson, the president and CEO of the Society. Representing the international MS community, Nelson said, “By adding the United States to the list of 140 nations supporting this Convention, the President has taken an important step toward recognizing the inherent rights of all people living with chronic disease and disability. We are proud to join our international partners in the disability movement, including the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation, and be counted among the citizens of the world in this important effort.” When discussing the significance of what will be the first human rights convention of the 21st century, President Obama remarked how he often thought of his father-in-law, Frasier Robinson, who provided for his family despite the challenges he faced because of MS. “He just wanted to be given the opportunity to do right by his family,” Obama noted. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also extolled the UN treaty which asks all nations to guarantee the civil rights of all persons with disabilities worldwide using the ADA as their model. The President advised that he has instructed U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to sign the treaty and urge every country around the world to do the same. There are an estimated 650 million people, 54 million in the U.S. alone, who live with a disability. This is 10 percent of the world’s population.

National MS Society Affiliated MS Centers Fort Lauderdale MS Center Director: Brian Steingo, MD Tuesdays - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm 572 East McNab Road, Pompano Beach, FL 33060 (954) 738-1700 Neuroscience Consultants Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Center Founding Medical Director, Emeritus: Howard Zwibel, MD Director Clinical Affairs: Carlos Ramirez-Calderon, MD Mondays - 8:30 am to 1:00 pm and Thursdays - 8:00 am to 3:30 pm 4601 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Ste. 100, Coral Gables, FL 33146 (786) 219-3145 South Broward MS Clinic Director: Islon Seliger, MD Thursdays - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm 12596 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, FL 33027 (954) 437-4000 TOLL FREE NUMBER 1 800 344 4867

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S Walk had over 4,000 dedicated participants and volunteers from Aventura, Boca Raton, Coral Gables, Fort Lauderdale, Lee County, Naples and the Palm Beaches and raised $800,000!

Our top team for 2009, Team Alie, raised an outstanding $123,875. Rounding out the top five teams are, Team Becker and Poliakoff with $20,199, Team Addison $16,592, CDC Builders $13,957, Dina’s Heroes $11,753 and Bab’s Bunch $5,977. The MS Walk would like to extend a special recognition to all of the volunteers, committee members and following sponsors: Acorda Therapeutics, Coral Gables Hospital, Crystal Geyser Natural Alpine Spring Water, Doctors Hospital, First Watch, Florida Linen Services, FMS Bonds, La Caretta, EMD Serono, Inc., Lee Memorial Health System, M&I Wealth Management , Morgan Stanley, Perry Ellis, Publix, and Seaboard Marine. The following media sponsors promoted MS Walk : CBS 4, Comcast, Boca Raton Magazine, Mega TV, 97.3 Coast, Naples Daily News, The Palm Beach Post, The Miami Herald, The Sun-Sentinel, New Radio 610, Univision and WINK News. Our thanks and gratitude goes out to everyone who raised the much needed funds towards the cause and treatment of MS.

The MS Walk needs Team Captains and Commitee Members to help promote the Walk. For more information please contact Mary Jordan, Development Manager at mary.jordan@fls.nmss.org or call 954-731-4224.

2009 Walk Committees AVENTURA Estrella Behar - Chair Bernie Goldman Myrna Goldman Tatiana Krausz Jane Matthews Joe Maya Barbara Mena Louis Yepez BOCA RATON Andrew Tharp - Chair Billie Cohen Gerry Cohen Mitchell Cohen Barbara Glasser Jodi Rothman Sandy Segal Gary Stein Al Witko 4

CORAL GABLES Jose Rivas Felix - Chair Patty Abboud Craig Dorne Ed Gross Bettina Gensollen FORT LAUDERDALE Stuart Schlossman - Chair Rick Andreassen Mike Blatt Jan Berns Deb Giblin-Davis Donna Lunenburg Brian Rosenberg Lisa Sclunick-Colvin Lorraine Weaver

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LEE COUNTY Tonya Emerson - Chair Sue Arend-Baxter Fred Hixon Dr. Peg Pepe Dr. Dick Pepe Randy Synder Barbie Synder Kriste Peusch Jackie Neff NAPLES Sparks Lunney Betsy Brothers - Chair Sue Haberkorn Linda Hartman Patrick Kellard Sara Kellard Cleve Lockett Mario Valle

PALM BEACH Eli Shaivitz - Chair Domenic Grosso Herbert Hartman David Moore Tareeq Rupani Lanna Belohlavek MS WALK MISSION POSSIBLE Edward Abboud Marni Becker-Avin Erin Blankstein Barbara Glasser Georgia Gottlieb Tom Hannigan Chuck Isroff Frank Petrino Fred Rothman Hermine Taramona


Top 3 Individual Walkers Overall Fred Rothman - Boca Raton Marni Becker-Avin - Fort Lauderdale Frank Petrino - Boca Raton Top 3 Teams Overall Team Alie - Boca Raton Team B&P - Fort Lauderdale Team Addison - Boca Raton Best Fundraising Team Dina’s Heroes - Aventura Team Alie - Boca Raton CDC Builders - Coral Gables Team B&P - Fort Lauderdale Florida Gulf Coast University Lee County GoGo Walkers - Naples Babs Bunch - The Palm Beaches Best Corporate Team Gazit Group - Aventura MDS for MS - Boca Raton Neuroscience Consultants Coral Gables Team B&P - Fort Lauderdale Curves Chicks - Lee County McDonald & Osborne - Naples Greenberg Traurig The Palm Beaches

Thank you for your generosity throughout the year. Murry’s Biscuit Acorda Therapeutics Naples Daily News Baptist Health South Florida Naples Sun Times Broward Health Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office CBS 4 Panera Bread CNL Bank Park Avenue BBQ & Grille Collier Citizen Perry Ellis Comcast ProQuest Information and Learning Coral Gables Acupuncture Publix Coral Gables Hospital Seaboard Marine Cosi Duci Inc. Sealed Sweet Crystal Geyser Shane LeMar Entertainment Del Monte Sign-A-Rama Delray Dr. Dick & Dr. Peg Pepe Space Walk of North Broward EMD Serono, Inc. Starbucks Equinox Stranahan High School Falic Family Foundation Sweet Tomatoes Fazio Golf Course Designers Telemundo First Watch Terra Group Florida Linens TEVA Neuroscience, Inc. FMS Bonds, Inc. The Fresh Market Greenberg Traurig, P.A. The Original Pancake House Humana The Pretzel Factory International Consulting Group, Inc. Vista Health La Caretta WAVV- FM Lee Memorial Health System Whole Foods M&I Wealth Management WINK News Mega TV Zimmerman Advertising Morgan Stanley

MS WALK RESEARCH

MS Walk Special Recognition Awards

2009 Walk Sponsors

Best Friends and Family Team Dina’s Heroes - Aventura Team Alie - Boca Raton CDC Builders - Coral Gables Seanathon! - Fort Lauderdale JenCan Walkers - Lee County GoGo Walkers - Naples Babs Bunch - The Palm Beaches Most Improved Team Team Uri - Aventura Bunkers Buddies - Boca Raton Team KiKi - Coral Gables Team Keiser - Fort Lauderdale We Can - Lee County M&I Wealth Management - Naples Cindy’s Heroes - The Palm Beaches Best Rookie Team Heidi’s Peeps - Aventura Team Unbreakable - Boca Raton Neuroscience Consultants Coral Gables Seanathon! - Fort Lauderdale Be the Change! - Lee County McDonald and Osborne - Naples JC and the Sunshine Clan The Palm Beaches

2010 MS Walk Dates March 7, 2010 Fort Lauderdale – Hugh Taylor Birch State Park Stuart – Flagler Park March 13, 2010 (5K Run/Walk) Weston/Sunrise – Markham Park March 14, 2010 Boca Raton – S. County Reg. Park

March 20, 2010 Lee County – Lakes Park Naples – Lowdermilk Park March 21, 2010 The Palm Beaches – CityPlace May 2, 2010 Aventura – Founders Park South Coral Gables – The Park at City Hall TOLL FREE NUMBER 1 800 344 4867

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MS Bike Ride Team Awards

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hank you to those involved in the 2009 Zimmerman MS Bike on May 2nd and 3rd. Over 2,900 registered cyclists, volunteers, friends, family, sponsors and donors joined together to raise over $1.85 million. Celebrating first place is team captain Pat Patregnani heading team zMotion. Through their dedicated fundraising efforts they raised $320,077. Team STORM RIDERS captain Kevin Lynch and team combined their efforts into the #2 spot, raising $117,399. Team Bacardi, lead by team captain Claudette Halluk, took third place raising $60,645.

MS Bike Ride Committee Ernesto Diaz Committee Chair Ron Abrams Rest Stop Coordinator Mike Blatt Start/Finish Coordinator Bob Bodner Campground Team Leader Lt. Corey Bryan Monroe County Police Coordinator Merrit Burrus Route Logistics Assistant Sgt. David Carey Monroe County Police Coordinator Michael Connor Trucking Logistics/ Coordinator 6

Frank Echanique Communications Coordinator Sgt. David Fariss Miami-Dade Police Coordinator Matt Ginn Communications Assistant David Henderson Safety Coordinator Gary Hicks SAG Coordinator Larry House SAG Coordinator Silvia Inman Campground Team Leader Julia A. Mayan Start/Finish Coordinator

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Javier Salinas Trucking Logistics Alan Steel Bike Shop Coordinator Jason Swift Route Logistics Coordinator Claretha Timmons Rest Stop Assistant John Vecchio Communications Assistant Dante Watson Trucking Logistics Assistant Elisabeth Wardle Start/ Finish Assistant Dale Word JP Coordinator Brenda Zelman JP Assistant

First Place Team zMotion Second Place Team TEAM STORM RIDERS Third Place Team Bacardi Most Improved Team Bacardi Highest Average Fundraising Team Camper & Nicholsons Yachts Best Family and Friends Tour to Cure Best Rookie Team CSP EXPRESS Best Bike Shop Team Mack Cycle and Fitness/miamipace Best Club Team Weston Flyers Cycling Club Best Banking & Finance American Express Centurions Best Health & Fitness Team TEAM STORM RIDERS Best Express Services Team MS Team FedEx Best Communications & Tech Team Unlimited Potential (Microsoft) Best Civil Services Team Miami-Dade County Best Food & Beverage Team Bacardi Best Travel Services Team Enterprise Rent A Car Partner in the Fight Against MS Advanced Roofing Tar Peddlers Partner in the Fight Against MS Dade County Federal Credit Union Partner in the Fight Against MS G4S Wackenhut Voted Best Bike Shop Active Cycle Best Team Name Never Give Up (Motorola) Best Rest Stop Day 1 American Airlines Best Rest Stop Day 2 American Express Centurions Best Jersey TEAM STORM RIDERS Power Behind the Pedals Award Gene Giblin Power Behind the Pedals Award Michael Krop JROTC Power Behind the Pedals Award Robert Bodner Power Behind the Pedals Award Larry House Power Behind the Pedals Award Gary Hicks Power Behind the Pedals Award Alan Steel


Mission Possible & Club151 Pat Patregnani Robert Kornahrens Keith Rosen Kevin Lynch Mike Schweiger Meta Goodwin Bert Irigoyen Michael Hogsten Russell Irvine William Sanderson Fred Zuckerman Scott McGuire Bruce Retzsch Chris Walters Roy Gerber Craig Robelen Carmen Marston Claudette Halluk Charles Martin Linda Alfieri Ralph Cabrera zMotion Racing Jay Flynn Byron Reid Alan Haimowitz Drew Schnitt Gregory Kimmelman Regnier Jurado Kenneth Vega Juan Saldarriaga Alan Kurtz Glenn Basile Carl Bilancione Orlando Sosa Mark Pacetti Jean-Charles Fourcade Brad Church Helen-Eleni Sonenreich Chris Tudge David Buck Robert Fink Hans Lammers Jim Siegel Rodger Irvine Edward Daniel Antonio Jacomino Al Lehman Fernando Nicholson David Elder Marie Flores Michael Fine

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New Bill Submitted In The Senate To Reduce And Cap Soaring Out-Of-Pocket Drug Costs

oday national health care reform took a step closer to ensuring access to affordable medicines when Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (WV) introduced the Affordable Access to Prescription Medications Act of 2009. This legislation would cap monthly out-of-pocket costs for medications – including drugs under Medicare Part D as well as those in the private insurance market. A growing number of insurers are moving vital medications onto specialty tiers, effectively pricing those treatments out of reach for many. That can adversely affect patients with multiple sclerosis and other conditions (such as arthritis, cancer, and psoriasis), who rely on these more costly drugs with no generic alternatives for their well being or survival. While the patient typically pays an increasing but fixed amount for medications on the first three tiers of a formulary, the fourth tier, or specialty tier, imposes a co-insurance or percentage (20-35 percent or more) of the cost of the drug. Individuals who need those medicines most are least able to afford them. The Affordable Access to Prescription Medications Act would help control this cost-sharing system and create a monthly $200 per medication cap on all out-of-pocket prescription drug costs, and a monthly $500 per person cap for those taking more than one medication. Many health care reform proposals seek to cap yearly out-of-pocket drug costs, but this legislation takes it one step further by capping monthly out-of-pocket drugs costs. It will

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improve access to care and make important medications more affordable to those who need them most. “The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is grateful to Senator Rockefeller for his leadership in supporting caps on monthly out-of-pocket costs for prescription medicines, including MS disease-modifying therapies that can cost more than $30,000 per year,” Joyce Nelson, president and CEO of the National MS Society, said. “This bill would provide peace of mind for thousands of Americans by helping to ensure access and limit prohibitive costs for people living with chronic disease like MS. It is an essential addition to any health care reform.” MS is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. The cause is unknown and there is no cure. Early and ongoing treatment can slow the disease progression, and it can reduce the frequency and intensity of flareups. MS disease-modifying therapies allow for more active, productive lives and less reliance on our health care system. But those drugs can exceed $30,000 per year or more than $800 per month in out-of-pocket costs. A recent survey showed that more than 20% of people living with MS could not fill their prescriptions, skipped medication doses, or split dosage without their doctor’s consent because they did not have adequate coverage or access. These facts are not acceptable and are the reasons that the Society is pushing hard to make sure that health care reform addresses the needs of people living with MS and other chronic diseases.

Team South Teleconferences

he South Florida Chapter will again be offering free monthly educational teleconferences. These calls focus on different topics and feature expert keynote speakers. Learn more about managing MS from the convenience of your home. It’s Easy to Register! Online: www.nmssfls.org go to the calendar section. Email: msprograms@fls.nmss.org Provide name, address, phone number, and indicate which program (s) for which you are registering. Call 1 800 FIGHT MS 344-4867. Provide name, address, phone number, and indicate which program (s) for which you are registering. October 13, 2009 at 7:30 pm MS Care: Health & Well-Being, Jennifer Smrtka, MSN, ANP-C, MSCN, Nurse Practitioner & MS Nurse at the Fort Lauderdale MS Center 10, 2009 at 7:30 pm 8 November JOIN THE MOVEMENT: nationalMSsociety.org

Accessible Travel: Travel Planning, Howard J. McCoy III, RN, President/CEO Accessible Journeys December 8, 2009 at 7:30 pm Accessible Design: Modifying Your Home, Michael Carter, MS, OTR/L Staff Occupational Therapist, WakeMed Rehabilitation Hospital, Raleigh, NC Residential Access Consultant Ron Duncan, MRP, Executive Direction, RL Mace Design Institute, Raleigh, NC January 12, 2010 at 7:30 pm The Importance of Nutrition, April Towry, MS, RD, LD, Dietician February 9, 2010 at 7:30 pm How to Deal with Spasticity, Pam Kuhl, RN and Certified MS Nurse March 9, 2010 at 7:30 pm Managing MS Through Rehabilitation Andy Kirsteins, MD April 13, 2010 at 7:30 pm What you need to Know about Disability Emily Card, MS, CRC, CCM, CLCP, Case Manager

May 11, 2010 at 7:30 pm MS 101: Understanding MS, Margaret Keller, RN, MS, James Q. Miller MS Clinic at the University of Virginia June 8, 2010 at 7:30 pm Facing MS Related Challenges, Tom Mackin, President of Leadership Foundation & Board Member at the National MS Society July 13, 2010 at 7:30 pm Participating in Clinical Trials, John R. Absher, MD, Neurologist/ President of Absher Neurology August 10, 2010 at 7:30 pm Exploring your Employment Options Linda Keller Rimmer, MA, CRC, CVE Vice President of Vocational & Community Service September 4, 2010 at 7:30 pm Coping with the Invisible Symptoms of MS, Robert L. Archer, MD, Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science in Little Rock, Arkansas


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Florida currently has 5,000 advocates signed up and receiving emails with steps of how to stay involved. Want to be the first one to know about research developments, advocacy in the Capitol and simple ways you can make a difference in your community then we need your help? Please sign up for the NMSS Action Alert system at www.NATIONALMSSOCIETY.ORG/ MSACTIVIST to stay abreast of the happenings. If you have any questions about advocacy email Jenna Labadie at Jenna.Labadie@NMSS.ORG. Join the Movement and make advocacy a priority!

Witness some ice slicing action and cheer on your local hockey teams at the National MS Society’s 8th annual Men’s Day events! East Coast Ready to hear that Panther growl? Come cheer the Florida Panthers to victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 22, 2010 at the BankAtlantic Center. Dinner will be provided. BankAtlantic Center 1 Panther Parkway (136th Ave) Sunrise, Florida 33323 West Coast Go Everblades! Join us on March 5, 2010 at the Germain Arena as we watch the Florida Everblades take a bite out of the Charlotte Checkers. Accessible seats provided. Enjoy dinner and massages at 6pm and don’t miss the puck drop at 7:30pm. Germain Arena 11000 Everblades Parkway Estero, Florida 33928

For the past 26 years, the luncheon has attracted 1,200 guests from all over South Florida. Guests will enjoy the electrifying fashion show by designer Rene Ruiz, bid on the fantastic auction items and admire the MS Gala entertainment. J.R. Dunn Jewelers, the official jewelry sponsor will showcase their fine jewelry to our guests.

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If you would like to be involved in the National MS Society and the advocacy opportunities on the federal and state level then the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Action Alert system is the easiest way to stay abreast of the developments.

Deborah DelPrete, the MS Gala & he National Multiple Sclerosis Fashion Show committee chair, Society, South Florida Chapter promises the luncheon to be “A Day is excited to announce the to Remember”. 27th annual DBS Financial Group Join this movement to create a MS Gala & Fashion Show honoring world free of MS by registering as a Andrea Hampton and Howard table hostess or event sponsor Zwibel, MD. They will be presented today. To learn more about sponwith the MS Hope Award, the sorship opportunities or to purSociety’s highest award on Tuesday, chase tickets, please visit January 19 at the Broward County www.nmssfls.org or call Convention Center. 954 731-4224.

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Golf Tournament 2009

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he MS Golf Tournament golfers enjoyed their day of golf at the Boca Lago Country Club. Throughout the course golfers were treated by Grey Goose Vodka, Outback Steak House, California Kitchen, Firehouse Subs and Chick-fil-A. With the help of committee chair, Stuart Kosh and 132 golfers, the tournament raised $70,000 for the National MS Society. After 18 holes of competition, golfers stepped off the green towards a fun evening with a buffet dinner, awards and a favorable live auction with unforgettable items such as a Goodyear Blimp ride, six night stay in Breckenridge, CO and tickets for the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open.

Congratulations to our first place team, Mario Abello, Marco Carrasco, Carlos Ramirez-Calderon, MD, and Jose Vargas for having such an impressive score. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society gratefully acknowledges title sponsor CBM of America, all Team Foursome sponsors, the Tournament committee and auctioneer, Shane Lamar. TOLL FREE NUMBER 1 800 344 4867

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Congratulations 2009 Scholarship Winners

he National Multiple Sclerosis Society is proud to assist seven graduating seniors in high school who have been diagnosed with MS or who have a parent with MS. This year’s awardees received scholarships from the National MS Society with the goal of inspiring their determination to pursue an education. Erin Bowers, Sean Giblin, Ashley Lambert, Rachael Lea, Johnathan Melton, Kevin Stillerman and Noemi Vega are this year’s recipients who will be able to achieve their dreams of going to college. Erin Bowers, a recent graduate from Broward Virtual School described her personal experience with MS. Her mother was diagnosed when Erin was 14. Erin learned to become self sufficient while still supporting and caring for her family. She attends the University of South Florida, majoring in journalism. She continues to live by the motto “life is short and she must seize the day.” Sean Giblin has overcome many obstacles in his young life. A South Plantation High School graduate, Sean was diagnosed with MS at 16. An avid sports enthusiast, his MS prevented him from participating in soccer and basketball. During this difficult time, Sean realized he could use this valuable time to help others and joined the organization Best Buddies to help those less fortunate. He and his family have become

avid members of the National MS Society and participate in the MS Walk. Sean is a freshman at Florida Gulf Coast University and plans on pursuing a major in psychology. Ashley Lambert wrote a touching essay about her mother and brother’s diagnosis with MS ten years ago. Ashley, the youngest of five children, attended Cape Coral High School. While Ashley’s dad worked day and night, she was the sole care-giver to her mother which forced her to grow up much faster. Unfortunately, her brother recently passed away from complications with MS. Ashley is attending the University of West Florida and is excited to start her major in pre-med. Rachael Lea, a recent graduate from Boca Raton Community High School, believes in the importance of having hope. Rachael only hopes that a cure for MS will come soon and continues to provide love, care and support to her mother. She is enthusiastically attending Florida State University and majoring in Psychology. Kevin Stillerman recently graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. When Kevin was six years old his father started showing symptoms of MS. Assisting his dad with everyday tasks has helped mold Kevin

into a more responsible and caring person. Kevin is attending the University of Florida and hopes to major in engineering. Johnathan Melton gradated from Cape Coral High School. His father was diagnosed with MS two years ago. An active participant in high school activities, Johnathan chose to work a full time job in order to help his family get through the difficult times. Johnathan’s dad is his hero and the one he looks up to. Noemi Vega shared how MS changed her life when her single mother was diagnosed 10 years ago. A recent graduate from John A. Ferguson Senior High in Miami, Noemi wants to become a physical therapist, especially to help those with MS. She is attending Florida College in Lakeland, Florida where she will study biology. Scholarship applications for 2010 awards will be available October 1, 2009. Applications may be submitted from October 15, 2009 through January 15, 2010 and scholars receive notice in May 2010. For detailed guidelines and application information contact Claire Barry at 1-800-344-4867 (in South Florida), or 954-731-4224. The National MS Society would like to extend its congratulations to these students and well wishes throughout your futures infinite possibilities.

Be a Volunteer

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olunteers are integral partners in the fight against multiple sclerosis. Volunteers across the country contribute resources – time, knowledge, skills and leadership – that infuse the organization with energy and passion that will help create a world free of MS. Here’s how you can get involved. Office: The office is a busy place. Volunteers of all skill levels are needed to assist in completing work in many different areas. Some examples of ongoing work are stuffing and labeling envelopes and flyers, collating, copying, filing, answering phones, data entry or making calls to clients or supporters.

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JOIN THE MOVEMENT: nationalMSsociety.org

Special Events: There are many volunteer opportunities available for each of our program and fundraising events which include: event set-up and breakdown, registration, food servers and rest stop assistants. Event volunteers may also choose to be part of one of event committees. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Dianne Plumb at 954-731-4224 or dianne.plumb@fls.nmss.org.


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he Women’s Retreat is about education, creating long lasting friendships and health and healing. Pampering and nightly entertainment provide an opportunity for socialization and personal attention. This year’s “Women’s Retreat, I’m a 10!” took place on July 24-26, 2009 at the Hilton Miami Airport. The Healthified Kitchen Food for Life taped a pilot episode featuring celebrity Chef Bryce Balluff during the weekend celebration of the 10th Annual Women’s Retreat. Activities included: Physical Health, Women’s Issues, Aquatics, Nutrition and Exercise, Reiki, Fatigue Management, Tai Chi, Cooking

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The Women’s Retreat takes place annually each summer. Stay tuned for the 2010 date! 2009 Women’s Retreat Sponsors: Funded in part by a grant from Biogen Idec General Session Sponsor: Susan B. Stearns Wellness Sponsors: Biogen Idec Doctors Hospital / Baptist Health South Florida HealthSouth Sunrise Rehabilitation Hospital Teva Neuroscience Supporters: Office Depot Foundation Kay & James Rosenberg

Youth Against MS (YAMS) Youth Against MS (YAMS) is a program for teens between the ages of 13 and 17 who share the common experience of living with a parent or grandparent with MS. This enriching program will foster lasting friendships and support teens throughout their life’s journey. Are you or do you know a YAMS? Join us on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 from 6-8pm at Castle Golf in Fort Myers, Florida for mini golf and pizza. Castle golf offers 18 holes on a tropical garden course including fountains, native plants, and local wildlife. Castle Golf 7400 Gladiolus Drive Fort Myers, FL 33908

PROGRAMS RESEARCH

Demonstration, Yoga, Pampering & Activities, Emotional Health and Education Massages, Karaoke, Scrapbooking, Bingo & Board Games

Financial Assistance Fund

any people with disabilities live on limited resources and an exacerbation or progression of multiple sclerosis and its symptoms can make it difficult to maintain employment or make ends meet. When resources are depleted or suddenly change for the worse, individuals with MS can be left in a crisis. A temporary misfortune may be averted through financial assistance with outstanding rent, utility bill, groceries, drug co-pay, durable medical equipment, or the cost of an examination by a neurologist.

With the economic downturn twice as many people need assistance. Please help someone in need overcome a crisis this Holiday Season. A gift of $500 or more will enable an individual and their family to avoid a potential catastrophe. Make a special year end gift to the National MS Society Financial Assistance Fund today.

My Contribution to Making a Difference! Make your 2009 Year-End gift today by mailing your contribution with this form to the address below and help 6,000 South Floridians living with multiple sclerosis. Yes! I want to help people living with MS with my YearYes! I want to help people living with MS with my Year-End Gift!

I would like to direct my gift to: o Financial Assistance (assisting those with MS in crisis) o Chapter Programs and Services (assisting those with MS and their families) o Promise 2010 (MS Research targeted initiatives) o Other _________________________________

o $50 o $100 o $250 o $500 o $1,000 o Other: $ ___________________________________ Please make you check payable to the National MS Society and mail to: National MS Society, 3201 W Commercial Boulevard, Suite 127, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 or call 1 800 FIGHT MS (in South Florida) or 954-731-4224 or log on to fls.nationalmssociety.org and click “donate”. Join the Movement to move towards creating a world free of multiple sclerosis. TOLL FREE NUMBER 1 800 344 4867

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CafĂŠ con Leche

Conversation and Support for People Living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in Spanish

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he National MS Society offers a new monthly telephone group, totally in Spanish for participants with MS. The monthly calls will be free. Grab your coffee cup, sit back, and listen to the experiences of other people with MS. Take this opportunity to talk about your concerns and meet others who understand your situation. Topics will focus on areas of interest to peoTUESDAYS FOR ple living with MS. Additionally, experts from different areas of 2009-2010: specialization in MS will join us to Nov 3 speak about important topics in Dec 1 MS care. Jan 12 Feb 2 This program is made possible March 2 by generous grant from the April 6 Medtronic Foundation. May 4 For more information or to regisJune 8 ter call 1 800 344 4867, option 3. Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. The group is open to new mem(Eastern Standard bers at any time. Time)

National Multiple Sclerosis Society South Florida Chapter 3201 West Commercial Blvd. Suite 127 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309

Ron Katz and Brad Meltzer, partners in KM-Plaza and organizers of the charity golf tournament flank Karen Dresbach, President and Mark Kotler of the National MS Society, South Florida Chapter.

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Holiday Cards

hare the spirit of giving during this Holiday Season. Join the movement towards creating a world free of multiple sclerosis by purchasing National MS Society holiday greeting cards. Now you and your employer can share your commitment to finding a cure through special cards featuring artwork by artists with MS. To order your cards online visit https://www.cardsdirect.com/mssf.aspx


Support Groups Individuals with MS, family and friends are invited to attend these groups.

BROWARD COUNTY NMSS North Broward Evening Group 1st Tuesday of month, 7:00 pm North Broward Medical Center 201 E. Sample Road Deerfield Beach, FL 33064 Conference Center Jarod Jacobs 561-503-3134 Erica Coloe 561-414-7755 ecoloe@aol.com NMSS Coral Springs Afternoon Group For individuals with MS only 3rd Tuesday of month, 1:00 pm Lunch & Socializing, 1:30 pm Meeting Coral Springs Medical Center Community Education Center 3100 Coral Hills Drive Coral Springs, FL 33065 Conference rooms A or B Cindee Horowitz 954-345-2332 antcyd@aol.com Michael Myette 954-255-0679 pmmyette@aol.com Social luncheon held1st Monday of month Contact Michael Myette for details NMSS Sunrise Educational Meeting For Individuals with MS & Caregivers Every other month on the 3rd Tuesday of month, 6:00 pm RSVP to Yliana or Melissa at the South Broward MS Clinic 954-437-4000 Sunrise Medical Group 12596 Pines Blvd Pembroke Pines, FL 33027

COLLIER COUNTY NMSS Naples Living Well with MS Group 2nd Thursday of month, 4:00 – 5:30 pm (note that this meeting is now one week earlier in the month) Naples Community Hospital Second floor of the Telford Ed. Bldg. 350 7th Street North Naples, FL 34102 Classroom #3 Contact Claire Barry 954-731-4224

LEE COUNTY NMSS Cape Coral Day Group 1st Sunday of month, 3:00 pm Cape Coral Hospital 636 Del Prado Blvd. Room A Cape Coral, FL 33990 Kevin Berry 239-542-2549 kevlyn@embarqmail.com Linda Richardson 716-425-6161 rogcraw@netzero.net NMSS Ft. Myers Evening Group 3rd Thursday of month, 5:00 pm St. Hilary Episcopal Church

5011 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33901 Dave Lane 239-652-3602 lanenikken@comcast.net Karen Hart 239-433-4380 Kare4@embarqmail.com Social luncheon held 1st Thursday of month. Contact Karen Hart for details.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY NMSS Miami-Dade Spiritual Support Group Persons of all faiths welcome. 2nd Thursday of month, 6:00 pm Doctors Hospital 5000 University Drive Coral Gables, FL 33146 Go to the Chapel on the second floor near Elevator A Chaplain Roy Gaton 786-308-3800 royg@baptisthealth.net NMSS South Miami-Dade Evening Group 2nd Thursday of month, 7:00 pm Doctors’ Hospital- Cafeteria 5000 University Drive Coral Gables, FL 33146 Carmen Benitez 305-431-8697 cbenitez99@aol.com Carmen Chediak 305-753-2432 crcmiami@bellsouth.net NMSS Miami Beach Group 1st Tuesday of month, 7:00 pm Mt. Sinai Medical Center Founders Conference Center 1st Floor, Warner Bldg 4300 Alton Road Miami Beach, FL 33140 Gladys Fernandez 305-534-8848 abbayayi@yahoo.com Ellie Klein Cardonne 305-322-2299 ecardonne@bellsouth.net

PALM BEACH COUNTY NMSS Boca Delray Day Group 3rd Thursday of month, 1:30 pm Patch Reef Park Community Center 2000 N.W. Yamato Road Boca Raton, FL 33431 Kay Rosenberg 561-364-2252 Kayn_jim@comcast.net Jarod Jacobs 561-503-3134 NMSS West Boca Evening Group 1st Wednesday of month, 6:45 pm West Boca Medical Center 21664 State Road 7 Boca Raton, FL 33428 Doctors’ Dining Room Claudia Erdman 561-483-4257 bocaclaudia@aol.com

NMSS North Palm Beach Group For individuals with MS only 2nd Monday of month, 6:30 pm Palm Beach Hospital 3360 Burns Road Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 Nancy Decker 561-622-4606 Palm West Multiple Sclerosis and Care Partners Support Group 1st Thursday of the Month, Massages at 6:30 pm with Meeting following Keiser Career College Riverbridge Shopping Plaza 6812 Forest Hill Blvd. Green Acres, FL 33413 Howard Chiet 561-795-5233 JJHAKKS@aol.com Dinner outing on 3rd Thursday of Month at 6:30 pm. Contact Howard Chiet for details. NMSS Central Palm Beach Group 2nd Tuesday of month, 7:00 pm JFK Hospital 5301 S. Congress Avenue Lake Worth, FL 33462 3 Tower Conference Room Mara Stegmaier 561-632-2403 or 561-792-2400 marastegs@yahoo.com NMSS Jupiter Evening Group Dates vary according to Library schedule Time: 6:30 pm Jupiter Library 705 Military Trail Jupiter, FL 33458 Hailey Benulis 561-718-1481 MSJupiterHB@yahoo.com

MS TELEPHONE SUPPORT GROUPS NMSS Newly Diagnosed Telephone Support Group Every last Wednesday of the month, 7:00 pm Susan Dorne, OT Leseth143@aol.com (please write “Support Group” in subject line) Teleconference number 1-800-910-3597 Passcode 24906202 For more details, please contact Claire Barry at 1 800 FIGHT MS “Café con Leche” Conversation and Support for people with Multiple Sclerosis National Multiple Sclerosis Society offers once a month a telephone support group in Spanish Time: 2:00 pm-3:00 pm For more information or to subscribe call 1-800-344-4867, option 3


My Life, My MS, My Decisions

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y Life, My MS, My Decisions is a series of online classes that will help you boost your decisionmaking power. It’s your MS and it’s your medical care but sometimes it can feel like other people are making your decisions for you. These classes keep you in the driver’s seat. • Be an active member of your healthcare team • Understand your doctor’s medication recommendations • Improve your health and well-being • Articulate the reasoning behind your decisions • Improve communication with your healthcare providers • Use sound reasoning to make decisions about your health • Decide whether participation in clinical trials is right for you

This course is offered as an online program so you can access the class when and where it is most convenient for you.

treat the disease or your symptom. How do you decide which recommendation to take? Navigating the Medication Maze offers tools to help you determine which of your doctor’s recommendations fit Call 1-800-344-4867 Register https://gm1.geolearning.com/ you best. geonext/nmss/login.geo Considering Clinical Trials Clinical trials bring new treatments to THIS SERIES INCLUDES: the MS community and may provide Teaming Up with Your Healthcare an opportunity to try a promising Providers treatment before it is available to the Your medical professionals are the public. But those benefits are not experts in treating you. However, you without risk. This class will help you are the expert in understanding how decide if a clinical trial is right for you. your disease affects you. Learn how to Achieving Optimal Wellness partner with your healthcare providers Multiple sclerosis is just one aspect of to receive the optimal medical care. your health. Optimal wellness means Navigating the Medication Maze talking care of yourself emotionally, If you are new to MS or are experiencing physically, and spiritually. This course a new symptoms your doctors have will help you decide what optimal probably recommended medications to wellness means to you. (Available soon)

Wellness Programs and Calendar of Events For a complete list of client programs, please visit our website at: www.nmssfls.org BROWARD Exercise as Part of Everyday Life Tamarac Community Center 8601 W Commercial Blvd Tamarac, FL 33321 Rose (954) 597-3643 Tai Chi: Mon. 1:00 pm Chair Yoga: Tues., 11:30 am Meditation: Mon., 12:30 pm

609 SE 13th Court Cape Coral, FL 33990 (239) 549-3637 Registration is required. Aquasize: Tues. & Thurs. 11:30 am Gentle Yoga: Sat., 9:30 am

COLLIER COUNTY MS Wellness Program The Briggs Wellness Center Naples Community Hospital 399 Ninth Street North Naples, FL 34102 Aquatics: Tues., 2:30 pm Yoga & Balance: Thurs., 2:30 pm

8241 SW 124 St Miami, FL 33156 (305) 969-5999 Tues. & Thurs. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Fort Myers Wellness Facility Lee Center for Rehab and Wellness Tai Chi & Chair Fitness Coral Springs Medical Center 2070 Carrell Road Fort Myers, FL 33901 3000 Coral Hills Drive (239) 549-3637 Coral Springs, FL 33065 Registration is required. Kathy Byrne (954) 344-3344 Call to register (954) 731-4224 Gentle Yoga: Tues., Fri. 11:30 am Mon. & Wed. 10:30 am MIAMI-DADE Yoga Rosa 1110 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd Exercise for Everyone Hallandale Beach, FL 33009 Goulds Park Rosa (954) 456-6077 11350 SW 216 Street Special Needs: Tues. & Thurs. Miami, FL 33170 12:00 – 1:00 pm (305) 234-4948 Gentle Class: Mon. & Wed. Aquatic Exercise: 12:00 – 1:00 pm Tues. & Thurs. Restorative: Last Fri. of every 11:00 am – 12:00 pm month, 10:00 – 11:00 am Yoga Institute of Miami

LEE COUNTY MS Wellness Program Lee Memorial Hospital Cape Coral Wellness Facility The Wellness Center of Cape Coral

PALM BEACH Yoga & Feldenkrais Yoga in Boca Mae Volen Senior Center 1515 W. Palmetto Park Rd Boca Raton, FL 33486 Kary Cavanaugh (561) 504-8424 Fri. 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Upcoming Events: November 13-15, 2009 Kids’ Camp November 22, 2009 Health Expo & Annual Meeting

March 7, 2010 MS Walk Fort Lauderdale – Hugh Taylor Birch State Park Stuart – Flagler Park

March 13, 2010 December 2, 2009 YAMS event at Castle Golf MS Run/Walk Weston/Sunrise – Fort Myers, FL Markham Park January 19, 2010 MS Gala & Fashion Show March 14, 2010 MS Walk January 23, 2010 Boca Raton – S. County MS Panther Climb Regional Park Men’s Day at BankAtlantic March 20, 2010 Center, Sunrise, FL MS Walk January 31, 2009 Lee County – Lakes Park ING Miami Marathon Naples – Lowdermilk Park February 12, 2010 March 21, 2010 Hispanic Outreach MS Walk Program The Palm Beaches – CityPlace February 18, 2010 Dinner with April 17-18, 2010 Dr. Maldonado Zimmerman MS Bike Ride Presented by Mack Cycle February 19, 2010 and Fitness Dinner with Dr. Maldonado May 2, 2010 MS Walk March 1-7 2010 Aventura – Founders Park MS Awareness Week South March 5, 2010 Coral Gables – The Park at Men’s Day at Germain City Hall Arena, Estero, FL May 7, 2010 May 10, 2010 MS Golf Tournament Dinner with Dr. Ramirez- Calderon

2009 Fall MS Connection  

2009 Fall MS Connection

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