Sep 18, 2013
Freehold – Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease of the central nervous system for which there is no cure. Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and can stop people from moving. For some, this means living with unpredictable symptoms that can come and go, like numbness and blurred vision. For others, there is more permanent damage, like paralysis. For everyone impacted by MS, it means not knowing what the day will bring and always being prepared for the unexpected, making it difficult to move forward in life.
On Thursday, September 19, Freehold resident Susan Kershaw and family will be honored by the New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National MS Society with their Humanitarian Award at the annual “On the Move” MS Luncheon. Susan, and her father before her, Raymond Kershaw, has been a long time supporter of the National MS Society. Walk MS was an annual family event for the Kershaw family and continues to be with Susan’s team, Team Ray’s Raiders, as a perennial top fund raising Walk MS team.
For more than two decades Susan has volunteered at the Walk MS event in Freehold alongside her late father. The former Freehold Township Mayor was dedicated to those living with multiple sclerosis and was the inspiration behind Kershaw Commons, a fully accessible housing facility for those who are in need of MS support services in Freehold. Since Susan’s father passed on she has taken over the cause that was so dear to his heart.
Ray Kershaw got involved with the National MS Society over 20 years ago despite not having a personal connection to the disease, Over this time, Ray was a guardian angel to those living with MS. He successfully helped to build the New Jersey Metro Chapter and most recently was instrumental in the development of an MS Center and MS Wellness Center in Freehold. Prior to his death, Ray paved the way for Kershaw Commons
The On the Move Luncheon is an educational and fundraising event that creates an inspiring, motivational and empowering environment. The event creates a social environment for likeminded people to gather, learn about multiple sclerosis, and raise funds to help end MS. This year’s event will feature celebrity guest speaker Rain Pryor along with CBS news personality Chris Wragge as emcee. This year’s event expects to see over 350 attendees raising more than $100,000.
The On the Move Luncheon will take place at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel in Asbury Park at 11AM for the VIP reception or 12PM for the general luncheon. For more information about the Women on the Move Luncheon or to attend, please contact Karen Drzik at (732) 660-1005 or visit www.nationalMSsociety.org/NJM.
Join the movement.
Find out more at nationalmssociety.org.