Charity founder, Susan Strachan, continues a year of “Milestones” to commemorate MS Cure Fund’s 10th anniversary
BOSTON, Massachusetts — What do you do to celebrate the tenth anniversary of starting a charity? If you’re Susan Strachan, you continue to do whatever you can to bring a positive light to people living with multiple sclerosis (MS).
After a successful inaugural program in March, MS Cure Fund returned to “the Big Apple” for a talk with Dr. Claire Riley! Guests headed to McGee’s Pub on West 55th learn about MS from diagnosis to treatment. Dr. Riley holds several positions at Columbia University Medical Center including Director of Clinical Care and Research at the MS Center as well as Assistant Professor of Neurology. Her topic “MS Basics: Diagnosis and Treatment Paradigms” explored the wide landscape of MS therapies.
MS Cure Fund held a program at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Newton, MA. Guests filled the function room to enjoy a presentation by Dr. Eric Klawiter. Dr. Klawiterpractices at Massachusetts General Hospital. His presentation topic “New Developments in MRI in MS” produced a lot of thought-provoking questions regarding MRI and their relevance to diagnosis in MS.
MS Cure Fund visited North Haven, CT for a program at Bellini’s Restaurant. Guests enjoyed a hearty Italian style meal while listening to a presentation by Dr. Mary Bailey. Dr. Bailey practices at the Yale MS Center. She is also an Associate Professor of Neurology at Yale University School of Medicine. Her presentation topic “Understanding MS Symptoms” provoked an animated conversation between the doctor and patients and patients themselves alike.
MS Cure Fund visited beautiful Burlington, VT for a program at the Windjammer Restaurant. Following the rants and raves of the establishment’s salad bar, guests enjoyed a seminar given by Dr. Angela Applebee. Dr. Applebee practices at Fletcher Allen Neurology. She is also the director of the MS Center of Northern New England Fletcher Allen/UVM. Being that she is one of the only MS specialists in this area, Dr. Applebee drew a sizeable crowd, lively with questions. Not only did Dr. Applebeegive a presentation, but her associate in the MS Center, Sandra McGrath, APRN, also provided guests with some great information.
Shortly after our “Guys Night Out,” MS Cure fund was off to Newry, Maine for our first ski event with Maine Adaptive Sports. MS patients, doctors, family and our team here at MS Cure Fund all came together and enjoyed an amazing day of skiing, snowboarding and even snow-biking at the Sunday River Ski Resort. The day started at 7:00 a.m. with a delicious buffet styled breakfast at the Grand Summit Hotel, where our guests were lodged. After that, we were off to Sunday River Ski Resort!
MS Cure Fund wants to help answer some questions patients frequently ask at our dinner programs: what am I supposed to be eating? How often should I work out? From these questions, MS Cure Fund created a new program for 2014: DER. Spelled out, ‘DER’ stands for Diet, Exercise and Rest. More importantly, it stands for how, not only MS patients but, everyone should live their lives. Each aspect of your day should be mindful of your diet, exercise and rest.