Feb 21, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Susan Ashline
February 21, 2013 OFFICE: 585-271-0805 (X70344)
Webster Woman Receives National MS Society Award
Webster, NY – The National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter has named Kerrie Giesen, of Webster, recipient of the Volunteer On the Move award. Giesen will be honored at the Chapter’s 3rd annual On the Move Luncheon at noon on Friday, March 15, at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford. The networking luncheon, held during MS Awareness week, shines a spotlight on some of the area’s stars in the MS movement – people who are on the move to create a world free of multiple sclerosis, an often disabling disease of the central nervous system that affects more than 2,700 people in the Greater Rochester area, and more than 2.1 million people worldwide.
Giesen is one of ten people/groups who will be honored in five categories:
Volunteers On the Move – Sharon Radak and Kerrie Giesen
Young Person On the Move – Sandra Quinones
Inspirational People On the Move – Andrea Coggeshall and Patty Horr
Professionals On the Move – Daniel Krist & Todd Schirmer and James Andolina
Groups On the Move – Nazareth College Physical Therapy Department and Dixon Schwabl
When: Friday, March 15, 2013
Time: 11:30 a.m. (networking), 12:00 p.m. (lunch & program)
Where: Locust Hill Country Club
2000 Jefferson Road, Pittsford, NY 14534
Kerrie Giesen is an active volunteer with the Upstate Chapter of the National MS Society, helping with a support group called RAMS East. Living with MS, she adds another dimension to the group, inspiring others in ways staff facilitators are unable to, encouraging them to get involved with the chapter and remain active in the community. Giesen freely shares her MS ups and downs with the group. She is currently starting a self-help group in Wayne County. Giesen also runs informational tables at wellness fairs, talking one-on-one with people affected by MS, and she participated in mask making and design for the Al Sigl Community of Agencies’ Walk-About fundraiser. Giesen is forming a Walk MS team called Team Giesen. Additionally, she is actively involved with Bioness® as a user of, and spokesperson for, the L300 Foot Drop System.
On the Move is a nationwide educational and fundraising event that helps to increase public awareness of MS and the National MS Society, while acknowledging and encouraging the advancement of philanthropists, community leaders and volunteers. The goal of the On the Move Luncheon is simple – to raise funds and empower each other to create a better future for those living with MS.
For more information, contact Susan Ashline, Communications Manager, at 585-271-0805 (x70344), or Susan.Ashline@nmss.org.
About multiple sclerosis and the National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter: Multiple sclerosis, an often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. 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. The rate of diagnosis in Upstate New York is about double the national average. MS affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide and more than 12,800 people in the 50-county region served by the Upstate New York Chapter. For more information, visit www.MSupstateny.org.