SOURCE: National MS Society, Greater Delaware Valley Chapter

National MS Society, Greater Delaware Valley Chapter

May 24, 2010 11:00 ET

Women Against MS Luncheon Raises Nearly $100,000 to Help People Living With MS

Rosemarie Greco Pays Tribute to Her Sister at Eighth Annual Event

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - May 24, 2010) -  More than 400 women and men from throughout the Greater Delaware Valley gathered at the Crystal Tea Room on May 19 to celebrate the sisterhood of women living with -- and affected by -- multiple sclerosis.

Rosemarie B. Greco, the former director of the Pennsylvania Governor's Office of Health Care Reform, was the keynote speaker for the Women Against MS Luncheon. She presented the Woman of Spirit Award to her sister, Phyllis D. Greco of Drexel Hill, Pa., who's living with MS.

"The link of sisterhood ties us together, and to all of you," said Molly Shepard, a trustee for the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter of the National MS Society. Her sister Amy is living with MS. "Our sisterhood here in this room continues to fuel the powerful movement to create a world free of MS."

The event raised a tremendous $96,500 to create a world free of MS, yet fell just short of its $100,000 goal. Even for women who aren't affected by this disease, this cause matters. There are four women living with MS for every man who is diagnosed. The money raised by WAMS is critical for providing research and local programs and services to benefit 13,000 people living with MS in the Greater Delaware Valley.

The National MS Society welcomes credit card donations by phone at 1-800-548-4611, or donors can mail a check to the chapter office at National MS Society, attn: WAMS, 1 Reed St., Suite 200, Philadelphia, PA 19147.

The Women Against MS Luncheon is supported by platinum sponsors Keystone Mercy and sanofi aventis and gold sponsor Fox Rothschild.

About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.5 million worldwide.

About the National MS Society
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn't. We fund more MS research, provide more services to people with MS, offer more professional education and further more advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world. Join the movement at nationalMSsociety.org or by calling 1-800-FIGHT-MS.

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