More than $200,000 Raised for Access to Health Care Fund

Released on: September 13, 2008, 1:08 pm

Press Release Author: Cindy Stranad

Industry: Non Profit

Press Release Summary: The Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the National MS Society
Rasied more than $200,000 at its annual Dinner of Champions held September 4.

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Cindy Stranad

National MS Society Dinner of Champions Raises $200,000 for Access to Health Care Fund
NC Biotechnology Center Presents Four Awards for Achievement

RALEIGH, N.C. (September 13, 2008) – The Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the
National Multiple Sclerosis Society held its annual Dinner of Champions on September
4 at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary. More than 250 guests gathered to celebrate
the mission of the National MS Society and contributions made by individuals and
organizations in North Carolina’s health and life sciences communities.

Chris Viehbacher, president of North American pharmaceuticals for GlaxoSmithKline,
chaired the event that featured a keynote address by former four-term North Carolina
Governor Jim Hunt. More than $200,000 was raised for the Society’s Access to Health
Care Fund that will fill gaps in care for people living with multiple sclerosis in
eastern North Carolina.

“The community’s commitment to the MS cause was evident by its support for the
Dinner of Champions,” says Staci Barfield, director of development for the Eastern
North Carolina Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. “We were thrilled
to celebrate the health and life sciences communities with all of our guests.”

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center presented its inaugural Health and Life
Sciences Achievement Awards at the dinner, honoring North Carolina companies and
individuals that have contributed significantly to the health and life sciences.

Awards and winners were:
• The Mind to Market Award was presented to Targacept, a Winston-Salem-based
biopharmaceutical company specializing in a new class of drugs for the treatment of
multiple diseases and disorders of the central nervous system.
• The Breakthrough Research Award was presented to Dr. Michael Ehlers, a researcher
at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Department of Neurobiology at the
Duke University Medial Center. Dr. Ehlers received the award in recognition of his
work focused at the interface of cell biology and neural circuit plasticity.
• The Promise for Tomorrow Award recognized student researcher Shivani Sud for
developing a model to identify early stage colon cancer patients with a high risk
for recurrence. Sud is a graduate of Durham’s Jordan High School and is a freshman
at Princeton University.
• The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Jim Hunt, former four-term North
Carolina governor, for his sustained efforts in enhancing the health and life
sciences communities in North Carolina.
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About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society:
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t.
We help each person address the challenges of living with MS. Each year, through our
home office and 50-state network of chapters, we devote approximately $125 million
to programs and services that enhance more than one million lives to move us closer
to a world free of MS. In 2007, the Society invested more than $46 million to
support 440 research projects around the world. We are people who want to do
something about MS NOW. If you or someone you know has MS, please contact the
National MS Society today at or 1-800 FIGHT MS to
learn about ways to help manage multiple sclerosis and about current research that
may one day reveal a cure.

About Multiple Sclerosis:
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and
stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly
diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous
system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The
progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be
predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world
free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with
more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects
more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.5 million worldwide.

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