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National MS Society Honors "Top 10" Buffalo-Niagara Region MS Activists

July 29, 2015

Buffalo, NY - The National Multiple Sclerosis Society Upstate New York Chapter is honoring 10 individuals and one group for their hard work and determination to create a world free of MS at the Champions On the Move Luncheon on Friday, September 11. Jacquie Walker of WIVB-TV News 4 Buffalo, will host the event.

This unique award ceremony and networking luncheon will honor MS activists in the Buffalo-Niagara region. Some of the award winners have raised tens of thousands of dollars for MS research and programs and services, and others are being recognized for giving their time.  Luncheon table sponsorships are available.

2015 Awards for Champions on the Move

Volunteers On the Move: Deb and Rich Barry of Andover and Doreen Poole of Niagara Falls

Young Person on the Move: Jeffrey Haxton of West Seneca and Swetadri Vasan Setlur Nagesh of Kenmore"

Stephen H. Kelly Award for a Professional on the Move: Tracey Wypior and Tuesday Dixon from Kinkel Neurologic Center LLP in Williamsville, and Michelle Rainka, Pharm.D., CCRP, from Dent Neurologic Institute in Amherst

Anne L. Schuell Award for an Inspirational Person on the Move : Karen Ragusa of North Tonawanda and Doug Brown of Jamestown

Group on the Move: Hodgson Russ LLP and Elder Care Solutions of Western NY, LLC in Buffalo

To coordinate an interview with an award recipient, please contact Ashley Greenman: or 716-634-2573 ext. 70322.

Why: To honor champions in the MS movement; those going above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of people with multiple sclerosis.

Where: Buffalo Marriott Niagara 1340 Millersport Highway Amherst, NY 14221

When:  September 11, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On the Move is a nationwide educational and fundraising event that helps increase public awareness of MS and the National MS Society, while acknowledging and encouraging the advancement of philanthropists, community leaders and volunteers. The goal of the Champions On the Move Luncheon is to raise funds and empower each other to create a better future for those living with MS.

About the Upstate New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Upstate New York Chapter is nationally recognized as a leader in providing comprehensive service programs for more than 12,800 people with MS and their families in 50 counties. We are dedicated to mobilizing people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. The chapter has offices in Buffalo, Rochester, and Albany.

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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