Apr 30, 2013
The Women on the Move Luncheon is one of the National MS Society’s premier events. It is an inspirational afternoon and an empowering way for women to support women in the movement toward a world free of MS – a disease that affects twice as many women as men.
The keynote speaker is singer, musician, and producer David Osmond. David is the son of Osmond Brother Alan Osmond. Both David and Alan live with MS.
The goal of the luncheon is to raise critical funds for local programs and services for those living with MS, as well as funding for research that will lead toward a world free of MS. This event includes Osmond’s speech, a raffle, opportunities for guests to visit with select vendor partners, and an opportunity to make a “Gift from the Heart” donation to help support the mission of the National MS Society – “We mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS.”
The heart of the luncheon is to honor the Novartis Woman of Courage – an annual award that recognizes an exceptional woman affected by MS. Whether she is living with MS, or is the caregiver to a loved one with MS, the recipient of the Novartis Woman of Courage Award is someone who demonstrates dignity, grace, strength, compassion, and creativity in her everyday life. She is a role model for other women in our community on how to live life to the fullest, while balancing work, family, and the many challenges that come along the way.
Mary Eleanor Farrell, one of two Women of Courage recipients from 2012, was flattered to receive the award.
“I’m glad I could be a positive influence on other people with MS so that they would know that it isn’t all gloom and doom,” said Mary Eleanor. “Any autoimmune disease is awful to live with. They are devastating, so you have to have a positive attitude or you will absolutely sink.”
Mary Eleanor was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 20. Now, at age 73, her daily accomplishments are different.
“Maybe your achievement of the day is getting up and getting dressed. Many people take things for granted. Just getting up and taking a shower – it can give you great pride!”
Mary Eleanor felt comfortable at the 2012 Woman on the Move Function because she was surrounded by people like her.
“I’ve been to other events where I use my walker, but I’m the only one there who needs mobility assistance. Here, they have canes, wheelchairs, and walkers. It felt like we were all working for a common goal. We were all working together and helping each other.”
This year, the Women on the Move Committee narrowed down their award recipients to one Woman of Courage, presented by Novartis Pharmaceuticals. A professional video introducing this recipient will premiere at the luncheon, where the recipient will also present her acceptance speech. View the 2012 video of Mary Eleanor Farrell at www.youtube.com/gatewaymssociety.
Tickets sell for $75 each or $600 per table. A table will seat up to eight people. Event sponsorships begin at $2,500. The money raised at the Women on the Move Luncheon goes to fund important research for a cure, as well as fund programs and services to help the more than 6,900 people currently living in the Gateway Area Chapter’s 90-county service area. Funds raised at this event remain local and support both males and females affected by MS.
WHAT: Women on the Move Luncheon
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Registration/Networking – 11am to 12pm
Program/Luncheon – 12pm to 1:30pm
The Ritz Carlton, St. Louis
100 Ritz Carlton Drive
St. Louis, MO 63105
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, 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. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. 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 with the disease. MS affects more than 6,900 individuals here in the Gateway Area Chapter and more than 2.1 million people worldwide.
About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The National MS Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move forward with their lives. In 2012 alone, the Society invested $43 million to support 350 research projects around the world while providing programs and services that assisted more than one million people. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at www.nationalMSsociety.org. You may also contact your local Gateway Area Chapter at www.gatewayMSsociety.org or 314-781-9020.