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MS Society awarded $15.4 million for research programs The National Multiple Sclerosis Society recently committed $15.4 million to support 50 new re- search projects by top scientists investigating many aspects of multiple sclerosis. Added to cur- rent commitments, the society will spend more than $32 million this year to fund more than 300 new and ongoing MS investigations - more MS research than any volun- tary health organization in the world - to cure, treat and better understand this unpredictable dis- ease of the central nervous sys- tem. The Delaware chapter con- tributes funds to this effort. 'q'hese exciting new projects in- clude a large-scale clinical trial and promising efforts in targeting research exploring gender differ- ences in MS and genetic suscepti- bility," said chapter board Chair- man Bruce Jones. "We've invest- ed $350 million to find the cause and cure for MS since our found- ing 56 years ago - and investment into basic and clinical research that is responsible for the rapid progress we are seeing now." There are now five drugs on the U.S. market - Avonex, Betaseron, Copaxone, Novantrone and Rebif - that can impact the underlying disease course in people with the more common form of MS. How- ever, none of these drugs can stop or reverse the disease. Another new project is a multicenter clini- cal trial testing oral vs. intra- venous steroids to treat MS at- tacks. The results could have a profound effect on practicing medicine related to treating MS attacks. Funds for research awards are provided in large part by contribu- tors to the nationwide network of local chapters of the National MS Society, which also provide pro- grams in communities across the United States. Locally, the Delaware chapter serves 1,100 people with MS and their families and conducts fundraisers like the recent Patterson-Schwartz/MS 150 Bike to the Bay, the upcoming PNC Bank Thanksgiving Day Run/Walk for MS and the spring AIG MS Walk presented by Pots- Net Communities, disseminating 40 percent of the money raised for national and international research and retaining 60 percent for local programs and services within the state. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease of the central nervous sys- tem. It is devastating because it strikes during the younger adult yeas and slowly steals physical functioning in unpredictable ways. MS affects nearly a third of a million people in the United States. For more information about MS research or to cofitact the Delaware chapter, call 800- FIGHT MS or visit or Arthritis Foundation's Rose Day set for Dec. 19; orders due by Dec. 13 A yearly tradition and seasonal favorite, the Arthritis Foundation's 15th annual Rose Day will be celebrated Thursday, Dec. 19. Gift-boxed medium stemmed red roses will be sold statewide for $19 per dozen. Prepaid orders will be taken through Dec. 13 and delivered to sites throughout Delaware for pick-up on Dec. 19. Rose Day proceeds sup- port statewide programming, including land and aquatic exercise class- es, support and self-help groups, public and professional seminars and other initiatives to help those with arthritis take control of their disease. According to Susan DeNardo, director of development, 'q'he roses are a thoughtful way to brighten the life of a special person during the holiday season, while helping to support the mission of the Arthritis Foundation." In past years, area companies have supported this event by appointing captains to sell roses at their sites, or by purchasing ros- es to be given to employees or other groups in the community. This year's major Rose Day sponsors include 99.5 WJBR, Happy Harry's, Commerce National Insurance Services, Commerce Bank and MBNA. Opportunities are available for new Rose Day captains, event spon- sors and to help with rose deliveries. For more information about be- coming involved in Rose Day activities or to place a Rose Day order, contact the Arthritis Foundation at 800-292-9599. Tai chi classes offered Wednesdays Beebe Medical Center Department of Integrative Health offers tai chi classes from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays, on the second-floor classroom at the hospital. The classes are ongoing and are suitable for all. Mark Blaskey, physical therapist, facilitates the classes. The cost is $5 per class. Tai ehi is a Chinese practice that includes gentle exercise and meditative practice and has proven health benefits. For details, call 645-3528. CAPE GAZETTE, Frida Nov. 8 - Nov. 14, 2002 - 53 Get to know healthcare in Sussex County... ...and enjoy breakfast with Beebe. Join Beebe's President and CEO, Jeffrey M. Fried, as he explains the healthcare services provided by Beebe Medical Center and answers any questions you may have. Beebe will distribute free packets of informative materials which include a File of Life kit, and additional informa- tion about community health programs and screenings. So, meet new friends, learn more about the healthcare tn your community--and enjoy a free ltgbt continental breakfast with Beebe. Friday, November 15th 10:30 ago at the Rehoboth Beach Library. Registration is limited. To register please call Public Relations at 645-3468. Jeffrey M. Fried, President & CEO, Beebe Medical Center R Beebe Medical Center Lewes, DE