Meet the Chairman
Doug Bryant became Chairman of the Greater New England Chapter Board of Trustees at the Annual Meeting in November 2012. Motivated by his daughter Carrie’s diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 2004, Doug has been a very active fundraiser and leader on the Chapter Board. Included in his efforts as Chair of the MileStones Gala Committee, Doug personally recruited honorees Gil Santos, the voice of the New England Patriots, and Phyl Rubin, of Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture. A full team effort, Doug, his wife Cammie, and both daughters, Kate and Carrie, are involved in a range of MS activities, including Walk MS Boston, MS Climb to the Top, Fashion Plates Luncheon & Fashion Show, and Marathon Strides Against MS. The following is an excerpt from Doug’s speech as the incoming chairman during the November 2012 Annual Meeting.
“Your daughter has multiple sclerosis.” On September 7, 2004, my wife, Cammie, and I were sitting next to our daughter Carrie’s [Bear as she is known to all of us] bed at Beth Israel Hospital where she was undergoing tests to determine the cause of some troubling neurological symptoms which had appeared earlier in the summer. Cammie, Bear, and I were waiting to meet with Dr. Michael Ronthal, the Head of Neurology at Beth Israel, who was going to give us the results of her tests. We then heard the five words that would permanently alter the course of our lives. “Your daughter has multiple sclerosis.”
Although Bear was forced to delay her start at Middlebury College by a semester, I am pleased (and proud) to say that she graduated four years later Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. This past spring, she completed a post baccalaureate program at Johns Hopkins and has just started as a Research Study Assistant at Children’s Hospital. Ultimately, she hopes to go on to medical school and one day become a doctor.
After Bear’s diagnosis, I quickly decided that I needed to get involved in “The Movement,” and Ron Schram, former board chair of this Chapter invited me onto the Board. Thanks to Ron’s mentorship as well as that of his successors, Dan Rattner, Eli Lipcon, and Bob Shapiro, I stand before you today as your new board chair and I cannot adequately express my thanks and appreciation for being given this opportunity to continue their outstanding work.
From my point of view, fiscal year 2013 represents an outstanding opportunity for progress and achievement across all of our goals, as well as the primary elements of our mission which is to mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure, and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. N
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