To the Editor:
Every hour, someone is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease of the central nervous system for which there is no cure. MS interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body. It’s a life-altering disease that affects each person in a unique and different way. I am a member of the Board of Trustees of the Rhode Island Chapter of the National MS Society.
MS Awareness events will take place throughout March in Rhode Island. It is an opportunity to demonstrate the power and importance of the MS movement as a force by and for people with MS who are coming together across the nation to share, educate and build awareness about what MS means to them.
It’s easy to get involved and make a difference in the lives of the millions of people worldwide who live with this disease. Join the Rhode Island Chapter of the National MS Society at any of the following events to help us raise awareness about MS:
• National MS Society Night with the Providence Bruins March 8, 7:05 p.m.
P. Bruins take on the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins at the Dunk. Tickets are $16 each, a savings of 50 percent.
• Bake Day Fundraiser & Book Signing at Great Harvest Bakery, March 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Mrs. Rhode Island Tonya Hurteau, volunteers, and staff will be baking goodies and selling them at Great Harvest at 6670 Post Road, North Kingstown. Every cent from a variety of baked goods will be donated to our Chapter. From noon to 2 p.m., authors will be signing copies of their books: Betty J. Cotter, author of “The Winters” and “Roberta’s Woods;” and M.E. Reilly-McGreen, author of “Rhode Island Legends: Haunted Hallows” and “Monsters’ Lairs and Revolutionaries, Rebels and Rogues of Rhode Island.”
• Social Security Disability 101, March 11, 6 p.m.
Join Donna Nesselbush, founding partner of Marasco & Nesselbush, a law firm specializing in SSDI claims, and Dianne Flaherty, LICSW, a community liaison with the same firm. Location TBA.
• MS Advocacy Day at the State House, March 14, 3-5 p.m.
Join us as we let our elected officials know how they can support the mission of the Society. At 4 p.m., hear Senate and House Resolutions sponsored by Sen. Donna Nesselbush, Pawtucket, and Rep. Frank Ferri, Warwick, recognizing MS Awareness.
• Adaptive Tai Chi for people with MS
March 26-April 30, Tuesdays, 1-2p.m.
Register for this 6-week series with Allan Knight, who has been a student of Tai Chi for 29 years and teacher for 16 years. To be held at the Society’s Warwick office.
• Managing spasticity talk & book signing for “The Man With the Bionic Brain,” March 27, 6 p.m.
With author Dr. Jon Mukand, medical director of Southern New England Rehabilitation Center and clinical assistant professor of rehab medicine at Brown University and Tufts University. Location TBA.
Registration for many events is required. Call 738-8383, option 2, or visit www.nationalmssociety.org/rir.
Progress for people living with MS can’t wait.
Thank you for your help in ending MS.
William P. DeRita III
Board of Trustees