Each year, the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter recognizes people who have had a major impact on the MS movement. The following individuals received awards for their outstanding contributions in 2015. Awards were presented at the chapter's Annual Meeting.
Heather Tuck of PetPlan with Meg Dipanni of the National MS Society
CORPORATE CHAMPION AWARD: PetPlan
PetPlan is a top MuckFest MS sponsor — but they are much more than that. In the last two years, PetPlan employees have raised almost $40,000, and PetPlan themselves have given almost that much in sponsorships. They do fundraising challenges for their employees and try and encourage 100 percent participation.
Moreover they are committed to improving the quality of life for those living with MS, particularly through the use of service dogs. They are now helping to fund a scholarship program, in partnership with Canine Partners for Life, to help those living with MS obtain service dogs.
Walter "Spike" Clark Jr., Barbara Clark, John Scott of the National MS Society, and Walter Clark
DISTINGUISHED VOLUNTEER AWARD: Walter "Spike" Clark Jr., Barbara Clark and Walter Clark
The Clarks have been incredible allies to the National MS Society. They help raise money through a few different events, such as the MDMS Golf Outing, which has raised more than $90,000. They’ve participated in MuckFest MS since the event began 6 years ago, and they have walked and fundraised at Walk MS for the last 7 years.
During MS Awareness Week, they host a table at a local restaurant, collecting donations and promoting MS awareness. They are the true embodiment of fundraisers and activists.
HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL AWARD: Dr. Jason Silversteen
After receiving his medical degree, Dr. Silversteen completed a multiple sclerosis fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern. Currently at Christiana Care in Newark, Delaware, Dr. Silversteen is actively involved in the education of medical students and residents and routinely lectures to physicians and the local MS community. He is involved in multiple clinical trials evaluating new and existing therapies for MS.
Dr. Silversteen is co-chair of the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter’s healthcare advisory committee and was granted Partner in MS Care status in 2013.