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The Northern California Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in Northern California and raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.


Two Volunteers Inducted into National Volunteer Hall of Fame

November 13, 2013

Nov 13, 2013

Last week at the National MS Society's Annual Leadership Conference in Denver, two volunteers for the Northern California Chapter were inducted into the Volunteer Hall of Fame. Kim Douglas, a Registered Nurse and volunteer for over 12 years won in the Programs and Services category. Dr. John Schafer, MD, won in the Health Professionals category. Todd Creel, volunteer coordinator for the Northern California Chapter, accompanied the two award recipients in addition to several top fund raisers and Northern California Chapter staff. "They graciously accepted their awards and had a fantastic time," Todd said of the recipients and the conference.

Kim Douglas, RN, has been a volunteer with the Northern California Chapter for over 12 years. She is a retired MS certified nurse with an MSN focused on Case Management who has gifted the Chapter with her skills and talents by contributing to a wide range of projects. Her knowledge of the disease and her connections to other community-based organizations not only supports Chapter members, but is also an invaluable resource for the staff and other volunteers.

Dr. John Schafer, MD, has been a volunteer with the Northern California Chapter for over 26 years. In his role as Chairman of the Clinical Advisory Committee for the Chapter, he has been involved in plans to improve care for those living with MS who live in rural areas where specialty care is often not available. As the Director of the MS Center at Mercy Medical Group, Dr. Schafer has developed a telemedicine program in order to see MS patients from rural areas in Northern California, greatly improving their access to care.

About the Northern California Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Northern California Chapter of the National MS Society was chartered in 1954 and provides comprehensive programs, services and advocacy to assist and empower the more than 84,000 people who are affected by MS annually. The 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 – including almost $12 million in critical MS research initiatives locally at J. David Gladstone Institutes, UCSF, Stanford, UC Davis and UC Berkeley. The Chapter has offices in San Francisco, Sacramento, Central Valley and Silicon Valley.

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.


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