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Family Hosts Charity Golf Tourney in Memory of Aunt with MS

October 6, 2014

Brenda Cobb

Brian Dennison, 33, of Halifax has great memories of his aunt, Brenda Cobb. One of his most cherished memories is of her joining the family on camping trips where she loved to go fishing. Dennison said his aunt never let having multiple sclerosis stop her from doing things she enjoyed.

 “I remember her having a cane for a while.  She’d still get up and go camping with us…even when she was in wheelchair; she’d still go to my parents’ house and go fishing.”

Dennison’s aunt passed away in 2007. She was 50 years old.

“It was sad, but at the same time she never put a frown on her face,” he said proudly.  “She was a trooper and didn’t want anyone to feel bad for her.”

In honor of Brenda’s indomitable spirit, the family hosts a golf tournament each year to raise money for the National MS Society.  The Society funds cutting-edge research to find a cure for the disease, as well as provides services and programs to people living with MS.

The family business, Dennison Lubricants, sponsored the 7th annual charity golf tournament along with partners: Shell Lubricants, BL Kitchen Transportation, CF Industries, and Energi Insurance.  It took place on Monday, September 15, 2014, at the Poquoy Brook Golf Club in Lakeville, MA. More than 130 golfers turned out for the event.  They raised $41,500 for the Society, beating the previous year’s total by more than $11,000.

“We were almost taken aback,” said Dennison. “We ran the numbers a few times just to make sure it was right. We had no clue it was that much!”

Dennison and his family are already working on ideas for growing the tournament next year.

Always in his heart and mind, he carries the memory of his brave and beloved Aunt Brenda.

“We think she’s looking down on us and is very, very pleased.”

PHOTO: left to right, Tim Dennison Sr., Founder and President, Brian Dennison, V.P. Sales & Marketing, Lori Espino, National MS Society, Greater New England Chapter President, Karen Dennison, V.P. Corporate Relations & Co-Founder, Tim Dennison Jr., Territory Sales Manager, and Matt Dennison

About the Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The National MS Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. The Society’s Greater New England Chapter serves 21,000 individuals and families affected by MS in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and by contacting the National MS Society at www.MSnewengland.org, or 1 800 FIGHT MS (344 4867).

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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