Hundreds attend luncheon to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis

November 03, 2017 06:30 PM

SCHENECTADY - Hundreds of people were at the Rivers Casino in Schenectady on Friday, but it wasn't for gambling. They were there to raise awareness and funds for multiple sclerosis.

The guest speaker was country singer Julie Roberts. In 2011, she went public with her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Seven years earlier, she had a Top 20 hit on the country charts, "Break Down Here." Now, she tours the country clearing up misconceptions about the disease, while encouraging others to seek support.

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"I just met a girl that was newly diagnosed. Hopefully, I'll inspire her that she doesn't have to stop and that's what my second purpose is and I'm glad that I have it and I'm glad I'm here today," explained Roberts.


"The hope is and the positive news about this is that if you seek treatment, you can mitigate the disability in this disease," explained Susan Radzyminski with Women Against MS.


This marked the 12th anniversary of the "Women Against M.S." event. NewsChannel 13's Benita Zahn was the emcee.

Some 300 people turned out.


WNYT Staff

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