Each year the National Multiple Sclerosis Society inducts volunteers from across the country in the Volunteer Hall of Fame. Nominations are accepted for the following categories: Advocacy, Fundraising, Health Professional, Programs & Services and Scientific Researcher. Awards are also given for Lifetime Achievement and Volunteer of the Year.
The following volunteers from the Ohio Buckeye Chapter were inducted into the Volunteer Hall of Fame.
Robert J. Fox, M.D. - Scientific Researcher
Dr. Fox is dedicated to providing quality patient care and conducting ground-breaking research studies at the Mellen Center for MS Treatment and Research at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Throughout his career, he has donated his time to serve on many NMSS committees and speak at numerous educational programs. Dr. Fox also helps with fundraising efforts by participating in the MS Walleye Fishing Tournament and riding in the Bike MS Pedal to the Point Ride.
Marie A. Namey, RN, CNS - Health Professional
Marie has been part of the interdisciplinary team at the Mellen Center for MS Treatment and Research at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation since its inception in 1985. Since that time she has also been an active volunteer for the National MS Society, making numerous presentations to patient and professional groups to increase knowledge about MS and to deliver comprehensive care and treatment options. She has also been a longtime member of the Clinical Advisory Committee and Program Committee.
Richard M. Ransohoff, M.D. - Health Professional
Dr. Ransohoff has been helping the MS community for more than 25 years. He treats patients with MS and conducts MS-related research at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. His involvement with the Society includes serving on the Chapter's Board of Trustees, chairing the Clinical Advisory Committee, and being an active member on several NMSS committees. He is widely published and well known around the country and around the world for his knowledge and expertise.
John A. Simonetti - Fundraising
John has demonstrated his dedication to the MS cause for more than 15 years. He has been on the Chapter's Board of Trustees since 1994, serving as Chair from 2000 to 2002. Over the years, his leadership roles have increased to include service on the National Board of Directors. Through his leadership and his fundraising efforts, primarily with the Bike MS Pedal to the Point Ride, he has generated more the $102,000 to benefit the National MS Society.
John and Susan Turben - Funding the Mission
John and Susan have unselfishly dedicated themselves to the MS cause by helping to raise awareness and donating more than $350,000 to the National MS Society. They have made individual contributions and provided unwavering support through the John and Susan Turben Foundation. Funds have provided for many programs and services, with emphasis on family wellness programs to meet the needs of families living with MS. The couple has also been instrumental to the success of the Dinner of Champions Gala.
Caroline C. Whitacre, Ph.D. - Scientific Researcher
Dr. Whitacre has been on the forefront of MS research since she was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellow from the National MS Society. Her research at The Ohio State University has focued on the immunology of MS, including new developments in oral tolerance as a treatment strategy. Her research has included an in-depth look at MS as it relates to gender differences and pregnancy. She has also shared her knowledge through numerous presentations and publications.