News from December 2013
An anti-tuberculosis vaccine could prevent multiple sclerosis, early research suggests. The vaccine and a placebo were tested on people experiencing the first signs of MS symptoms (numbness, vision difficulties, and problems with balance). The experiment only tested 40 patients, but after five years, 30% of those who received the placebo had not developed MS, compared with 58% of those vaccinated.
by Caroline Kyriakou
Fashion Plates is a fundraiser for the Greater New England National MS Society, which was held November 8th at the Sheraton Boston. I was fortunate to be invited to this wonderful event by the National MS Society. All of the women at my table were invited for their participation in Walk MS and the Challenge Walk.
The day started with a reception where wine and mimosas were offered. There was a photo collage on display from last year’s event and wonderful raffle prizes, 9 in total. There was a sports gift basket with a football autographed by the Patriots, game tickets, memorabilia and equipment, a gift basket of $1000 worth of scratch tickets, an indulgence basket with spa treatments and a gift basket offering Lasik surgery, by the office I go to for my eye care, which I thought was extremely generous. I entered once for the indulgences gift basket and two entries for the scratch tickets twice, but didn’t win. I was hoping I could write a blog about becoming a millionaire instead! ;)
The event was hosted by Lori Grande, co-host of the “JW and Lori in the Morning” show on Country 102.5. Lori herself has MS and told us how much she enjoyed hosting the event in years past and was glad to be back. We were served a delicious corn chowder soup, quiche and a green bean salad for lunch and a decadent chocolate banana torte for dessert. At each table setting was a party favor of pink cookie in the shape of a dress. It was adorable and delicious!
There were three parts to the fashion show and each model participated in all three sections with three different outfits and hairstyles. All of the models have MS and have amazing stories which was shared with us as they walked the runway. The models were also of all ages and progressions, which was great to see. The fashion show featured clothing lines from Ports & Co., a store in Cohasset, MA. They have beautiful clothes for everyday and special occasions.
The ballroom was filled with more than 600 people, all supporting MS research and finding a cure. It was a very special event, I am so glad I joined for this event! It is a day I will never forget!
Caroline Kyriakou was diagnosed with MS in 2006. She enjoys reading, blogging, and is working on her first book. Caroline volunteers as a mentor through MS ActiveSource. She also is an administrator of a Facebook MS Support group, Friends Against the MonSter and writes other Blogs on MS Relief.
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