Feb. 26: Chamber Music for MS
Professional flutist Pamela Taylor, who lives with MS, has organized a
chamber music concert to be held on February 26 at 2 p.m. at the
Trinity Church in Easton, Pa. to benefit the National MS Society. Pamela
will be performing with Dolores Dillon-Howlett (viola), Elaine Christy
(harp) and Dale Grandfield (piano & organ). The program includes pieces
by Bloch, Debussy, Puccini, Sondheim, Taktakishvili and Vierne. Click here to read Pamela's story featured in The
Morning Call. For more information, call 610-515-9152.
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Vitamin D project adds new sites
The Vitamin D MS Progression Impact Clinical Trial, which
is being funded solely by the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter, is expanding
from eight to 12 sites. “People are quite excited by this trial,” explains
Dr. Ellen Mowry, the lead investigator, from her office at John Hopkins
University. In addition to Baltimore, there will be study sites in
Philadelphia, St. Louis, Portland, New York and other major centers.
Mowry is conducting a randomized, double-blind
clinical trial to determine whether high dose vitamin D added to standard
therapy with glatiramer acetate (Copaxone ®, Teva Pharmaceutical
Industries) reduces the frequency of MS relapses. In this trial, 172 people
who have MS and are receiving standard glatiramer acetate treatment daily
will be randomly assigned to take either 600 IU (the current recommended
daily allowance) or 5000 IU of Vitamin D. Comparing these measures will
show whether high-dose vitamin D supplements affects the course of MS in
people who are taking a standard therapy.
Of the $1.3 million project, we have funded
more than $800,000 through donations from people like you. Your
research-restricted contribution will help us meet our goal of funding this
historic project. To donate, click here or call Kristina McGraw at 215-271-1500.
In other news...
>Pivotal meeting probes MS therapy use in children
>Pain study recruiting people with MS nationwide
>Investigators recruiting for study comparing exercise
programs to improve depression
>Multiple sclerosis on the rise
together this spring
will come together on Sunday, April 22; Saturday, May 5; and Sunday,
May 6 at 18 Walk MS sites across the Delaware Valley.
Join a team or create your own, raise funds
and walk or volunteer at an event near you. You can do it. Walk
MS is our largest and most accessible and family-friendly event.
walk4MS.org to register today.
How can we help you?
We invite you to sit down one-on-one with
a member of our services staff on during Community Outreach
Days to talk about how we can help you overcome the daily challenges
of living with MS. From navigating the health insurance maze to employment
counseling, our friendly and experienced staff can answer your questions
and connect you to resources in your community.
Karen Sheppard at 1-800-548-4611, ext. 24100 to reserve your 30-minute