WILTON, Conn. – Wilton resident Greg Jacobson has been named as the “MS In My Life” speaker for this year’s Connecticut Executive Choice Awards. The dinner event takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville.
A resident of Wilton, Jacobson served as captain of the golf team while attending Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. From 1982 to 1984 Jacobson earned a spot as a professional tour player on the Space Coast Mini-Tour. After regaining his amateur status, he was a fixture for more than 20 years at the Ridgefield Golf Club. He won numerous RGC championships and in 1995, shot a course record of 67. A regular competitor in Connecticut State Golf Association (CSGA) tournaments, Jacobson played in many Connecticut opens, amateur and mid-amateur competitions. In 1981, he was named an NCAA Golf All-American.
However, in 2011 Jacobson’s golf career came to an abrupt halt when, after years of baffling symptoms that increasingly limited his physical capabilities, he was officially diagnosed with progressive multiple sclerosis, a debilitating form of the disease in which individuals can lose more and more motor function over time.
“Multiple sclerosis side-lined me; it has robbed me of a lifestyle I loved,” said Jacobson, who now uses a cane for stability and support. “Although MS has deprived me of many things, it can’t rob me of my unrelenting determination to help ensure science keeps moving forward toward better treatments and what I want most, a cure.”
The Connecticut Executive Choice Awards event recognizes and honors exceptional professionals in Connecticut who have made contributions to the business, civic, or cultural betterment of our community.
The dinner event, hosted by Jeff Stoecker, NBC Connecticut anchor, will take place Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. The cocktail reception starts at 6 p.m., and the dinner and program will begin at 6:45 p.m.
More than 6,000 Connecticut residents, like Greg Jacobson, are living with multiple sclerosis, a disease affecting the central nervous system. The cause is unknown and there is currently no cure for MS. Symptoms can include, among other things, numbness in the limbs, difficulties with vision and speech, stiffness, loss of mobility and, in some more severe cases, total paralysis. Most people who are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis have relapsing-remitting MS in which patients experience attacks when symptoms flare up. A relapse is followed by recovery or remission of symptoms that can last for weeks, months or longer. Primary progressive MS steadily worsens. Ten to fifteen percent of people with MS are diagnosed with primary progressive MS. However, the progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot be predicted. No two people are likely to experience the identical set of symptoms in the same way.
In addition to speaking at National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, events, Jacobson has also taken on the task of organizing his own golf tournament to benefit the Connecticut Chapter. The Jake, a traditional “best ball” golf tournament for teams of two features three separate divisions: men’s, women’s and scratch. Professionals are welcome. The Jake will be held at the Ridgefield Golf Club on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 1 p.m. Entry fee includes golf, cart, range, lunch, dinner, drinks, on-course contests, prizes, drawings and a silent auction. Sponsorship opportunities are currently available. For more information or to register for The Jake 2013, visitwww.playthejake.com.
To learn more about multiple sclerosis and the many ways to get involved, please visit www.ctfightsMS.org.