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The Greater Delaware Valley Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware and raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.


2015 Annual Meeting Honorees

December 11, 2015

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


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.


Dr-Jason-Silversteen.jpgHEALTHCARE 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. 


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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