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National Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week: National Multiple Sclerosis Society Hosts ‘When I Walk’ – A Documentary Film by Jason DaSilva

March 3, 2015

Rochester, NY The National Multiple Sclerosis Society Upstate New York Chapter is hosting a special screening of ‘When I Walk’ at the Little Theater tomorrow night, during MS Awareness Week (March 2-8). The event is free and donations go directly to the National MS Society Upstate Chapter.

The inspirational documentary was created by 25 year old Jason DaSilva after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The independent filmmaker had the world in his hands, but his diagnosis made him question everything. His symptoms progressed quickly resulting in the need of a wheelchair. He felt like his time was running out.

Thanks to his own courage, and some tough love from mom, DaSilva created another film. His journey includes emotional ups and downs as he clung onto his creativity and passion. He met a girl named Alice Cook at an MS support group. She became his film partner, and later his wife. This heartfelt film is sure to cause laughter, tears, and a sense of empowerment.

Where: The Little Theater - 240 East Ave #100, Rochester, NY 14604

When: Wednesday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m. with panel discussion about multiple sclerosis to follow

Multiple sclerosis is a life altering disease that affects each person in a unique and different way.  MS divides minds from bodies, pulls people from their lives and away from one another. MS is a destroyer of connection. But it is possible to build connections that MS cannot destroy. Our connections raise questions, find answers, bring knowledge and provide hope to the millions of people affected by MS worldwide. Every connection we make is a small victory, and together, our small victories will create larger ones that will help end MS forever. Every connection counts. As MS Awareness spreads, connections are built and advances are made in the MS movement. Join us for MS Awareness Week 2015: March 2 – 8 to raise awareness in communities across Upstate New York.

Media is invited to attend for interviews with National MS Society staff, event participants, and/or people living with MS.

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Ashley Greenman, Senior Manager of Community Engagement, 585-271-0805 (ext. 70322), Ashley.Greenman@nmss.org.

This event is collaboration with POV, PBS' award-winning nonfiction film series.

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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