Champions on the Move to Fight MS 2012

October 24th, 2012 at 8:10 am by under Jacquie Walker's Newsroom Notebook

On Friday, October 19, about 275 people attended the first-ever Champions on the Move luncheon to benefit the Upstate New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Jason Santiago, a physician assistant at Kinkel Neurologic, accepting his Young Person on the Move Award.

The Champions on the Move luncheon honored ten individuals and organizations that are working to improve the lives of those who have Multiple Sclerosis. Western New York has one of the highest rates of MS in the country — and no one knows why. James Kalec was honored as the Stephen H. Kelly Award recipient for his outstanding volunteerism over several years.

Christina Bosilkovski, who has volunteered for a host of chapter activities, was honored with the Young Person on the Move Award. Christina’s mother, who has lived with MS for many years, was able to attend the luncheon to watch her daughter’s honor.

Robyn Zimmer has created a line of jewelry, embracethedifference.org, which provides support to the Upstate New York chapter. Robyn received the Stephen H. Kelly Award for outstanding volunteers.

Maria Torres, who was diagnosed with MS in 2010, is working hard to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis among Buffalo’s Spanish-speaking population. She is planning an MS information program on Saturday, November 10, from noon to 2 p.m. at Casa Di Pizza on Elmwood Avenue. Call 873-6520 to reserve your spot. Maria was honored Friday with the Anne Schuell Inspiration Award. Her son, Michael, was on hand to see it and to take this photo!

Charles Joyce was also honored with the Anne Schuell Inspiration Award for his outstanding support of the Upstate New York chapter. This year, Charlie offered to match every dollar raised for Walk MS Wellsville. He donated $14,000 for that event!

Mary Gabalski is president of the Chautauqua Region MS Society and has worked hard coordinating Walk MS Jamestown over the past few years. Mary was honored as a very busy Volunteer On The Move.

Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis just two years ago, Nicole Burroughs has quickly become a ‘go-to’ volunteer for chapter activities and a top fundraiser for Walk MS. Nicole’s support was recognized with the Volunteer On The Move Award.

I was very pleased to emcee the first Champions on the Move luncheon. The Upstate New York Chapter is hoping to make this an annual event.

Jenna Beall Schwab represented the Queen City Roller Girls in accepting the Group on the Move Award. The Roller Girls have participated in a number of community programs to benefit the Upstate New York Chapter.

Ron Tanski accepted the Group on the Move Award on behalf of National Fuel Gas Company. Tanski and National Fuel have been long-term supporters of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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