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Double Down for MS

August 28, 2013

When Brittney’s vivacious sister-in-law Kristina was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in September 2011, her family wasn't sure what to expect. At just 27 years old, Australian-born, newly-married Kristina was described as active, independent and a lover of life. The relapses which followed her MS diagnosis continued to affect Kristina physically and, during her recent pregnancy with her first child, Kristina experienced an array of debilitating symptoms, including:  fatigue, blindness and paralysis.

Seeing how the disease impacted Kristina and her loved ones, Brittney and her mother gathered the troops on Kristina’s behalf, coordinating a Muck Fest MS team to help raise funds and awareness for both Kristina and MS… but they didn't stop there!

Using their creative, event-planning minds, Brittney and her mother began coordinating a Casino Night DIY event, appropriately named Double Down for MS, to bring those who want to do something about MS now in the Jacksonville area together to raise funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Hosting an array of Vegas-style activities, including: blackjack, craps, roulette, poker and slots, Double Down for MS promises to deliver the ultimate casino experience! Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on sought-after collectibles and choice local services during the silent auction and may also purchase raffle tickets to win various prizes. The event will conclude by announcing and awarding the three attendees with the highest chip count.

With the purchase of each ticket for Double Down for MS, attendees will receive dinner, 2 drink vouchers and $2,500 in casino chips. All proceeds benefit the National MS Society, North Florida Chapter. To purchase your ticket for the October 4 event, visit

About the North Florida Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The North Florida Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society was founded in 1973 and provides comprehensive programs and advocacy to assist and empower the more than 18,000 individuals residing in 34 counties of north Florida who are affected by MS annually. The North Florida 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.

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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