Mar 07, 2012
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March 7, 2012 Cameron Harris
Special Events Manager
National Multiple Sclerosis Society-NCC
The Annual Greensboro multiple sclerosis Luncheon raised over $35,000
Greensboro, N.C. – On Wednesday, March 7 the Central North Carolina Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society raised over $35,000 for research for local programs and services and was attended by 300 guests. Lieutenant Colonel Bobbi Doorenbos, a former fighter pilot and active member of the multiple sclerosis community, served as the keynote speaker. Ashley Anderson and Cindy Nicholson were co-hosts of the luncheon which was held in honor of community volunteer Margaret Ann Hall.
Lt. Col. Doorenbos began her career as one of the first female F-16 pilots in the Air National Guard. In 2004, she was diagnosed with Relapsing-Remitting MS and had to leave the cockpit; undeterred by the effects of the disease, she went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Strategic Intelligence and served as a White House Fellow. She now works in the office of Vice President Joe Biden. Lt. Col. Doorenbos educated guests on the realities of living with MS and the importance of fundraising to support research and allow for the provision of programs and services for persons with MS and their families.
“Everyone’s experience with multiple sclerosis is different. When I was first diagnosed I only saw the limited view of my life before MS, but because of it I discovered the unlimited opportunities I do have.” said Doorenbos. “Come fly with us to create a world free of MS, because it can’t be done without your help!”
This event is part of a nationwide educational and fundraising program founded in 1999, which is inspirational, motivational and empowering. The luncheon focuses on community leaders committed to the MS cause who ask friends and business associates to join them for lunch and the movement to create a world free of MS. Donations from this event go to benefit programs and services for local people who have multiple sclerosis as well as to fund national research for treatments and a cure. For more information, please visit nationalMSsociety.org/ncc.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with the disease. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. 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 with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and over 2.1 million worldwide.
About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. The Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world, and providing programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move forward with their lives. In 2010 alone, through its national office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society devoted $159 million to programs and services that assisted more than one million people. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $37 million to support 325 new and ongoing research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at www.nationalMSsociety.org.
About the Central NC Chapter
The Central North Carolina Chapter provides services and programs to approximately 2,500 people with MS and their families in fifteen North Carolina counties: Alamance, Alleghany, Ashe, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin.