MS Community Mourns the Passing of Tom Sherak, Renowned MS Advocate and Fundraiser
January 29, 2014
Tom Sherak, former president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and Los Angeles’ first “film czar,” passed away on January 28 from complications of prostate cancer at the age of 68.
Known for his innovation, dedication and generosity, Sherak not only was a major influential force in the film industry, but also in the world of multiple sclerosis. He devoted 20 years as a board member of the National MS Society’s Southern California and Nevada Chapter to create the most successful Dinner of Champions event in Society history -- raising more than $47 million to help end multiple sclerosis. Sherak’s daughter Melissa is one of the more than 2.3 million people living with MS worldwide.
“Tom Sherak made a remarkable impact on the MS movement and his commitment improved the lives of countless people living with MS,” said Cyndi Zagieboylo, president and CEO of the National MS Society.
After holding his position of board trustee for two decades, Sherak retired to establish the MS Hope Foundation, now the Tom Sherak MS Hope Foundation, in order to personally drive the mission of serving people with MS.
“Tom Sherak movingly demonstrated the power of a father’s love,” said Susan Bradley, chapter president of the Southern California and Nevada Chapter, “We at the Society will continue to work diligently to continue his legacy until MS is just another footnote in history.”
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About the Southern California & Nevada Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society
The Southern California & Nevada Chapter of the National MS Society provides comprehensive programs and advocacy to assist and empower the more than 20,000 individuals residing in Southern and Central California and Nevada who are affected by MS annually. The Southern California & Nevada Chapter is also a driving force of research for the prevention, treatment and cure of MS and contributes funds to support 350 National MS Society research projects worldwide. The Chapter has offices in Bakersfield, Fresno, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Ontario, Reno and Santa Barbara.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts 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 leading to better understanding and 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 2.3 million people worldwide.