Sep 20, 2013
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||CONTACT: Susan Ashline|
|September 19, 2013||OFFICE: 585-271-0805 (x70344)|
Orchard Park Woman Receives Award for Outstanding Volunteerism
Orchard Park, NY – About 170 people packed a room at the Buffalo Marriott on September 13 for a luncheon recognizing Joanne Schiffhauer, of Orchard Park, and eight other individuals and groups for their outstanding efforts to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis and funds for the National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter. Shiffhauer was honored for her volunteerism, having helped launch a support group for young people with MS. The Champions On the Move Luncheon raised $27,000 to support MS research in Upstate New York and programs and services for people with MS and their families across the chapter’s 50 counties.
Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system that can be debilitating, but varies from person to person. The rate of diagnosis in Western New York is twice the national average.
Schiffhauer’s extraordinary volunteerism record with the chapter includes walking in Walk MS and cycling in Bike MS. She is currently training for the chapter’s newest fundraiser, Monster Scramble 5K/10K – a run through North Tonawanda’s Acacia Park Cemetery on October 19. To join her, you can register online at Monster Scramble.org, or call 1-800-344-4867.
For more information, contact Susan Ashline, Communications Manager, 585-271-0805 (x70344), 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 MSupstateny.org.