An evening to crush Multiple Sclerosis at LaVelle Vineyards.
Since first being described in 1868, Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, has touched thousands of lives. There is a wide variety of symptoms related to MS, which itself can take many different forms and can often lead to potentially permanent physical and cognitive disabilities. The variability in the presentation of the disease makes it a difficult beast to conquer, but not impossible. At this time, there is no known cure for MS. Current treatments only attempt to address patient functioning and symptoms.
The Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Multiple Sclerosis Center in Portland, Oregon is conducting ongoing MS research, under the direction of Dr. Dennis Bourdette, and is working at solving the challenge of MS. (Hope From the Hill: The Caldera Multiple Sclerosis Project OHSU MS Center Newsletter 2009; 1.) Current research at the OHSU MS Center includes a new therapy for MS that would protect nerve fibers from degeneration. For patients suffering from this debilitating disease, such a therapy would be tremendously beneficial, perhaps delaying or preventing the onset of the paralysis, memory loss, dizziness, fatigue, pain, and imbalance that are often associated with MS.
Tiel Family Charities, LaVelle Vineyards, and Honorary Chairperson Don Tykeson are hosting an event-filled evening in a Rush-2-Crush Multiple Sclerosis. On August 21, 2009 at LaVelle Vineyards, beginning at 5:00 p.m., the Rush-2-Crush MS event will include silent and live auctions and dinner. The evening will also feature a brief presentation by Dennis Bourdette, MD, director of the OHSU MS Center, chairman of the OHSU Department of Neurology, and founder of the Junger Center. All proceeds from this event will be donated to OHSUs Multiple Sclerosis Center.
The event attendance is $75 per person or $700 per table of eight. Donations will be accepted prior, during, and after the event. Community donations for the silent and live auctions are greatly appreciated, and can be made directly to Tiel Family Charities through their website at http://www.tielcharities.org or by telephone at (541) 341-1296.
Tiel Family Charities (TFC), the organization behind this event, is a recognized non-profit organization dedicated to supporting ongoing research on MS. This disease has personally affected the Tiel Family and many of its volunteer charity members, all of whom are driven individuals who choose to be proactive in the rush to find a cure for this destructive disease. All organizational members and volunteers share the same agenda . . . find a cure for MS.
Donations will go to the OHSU MS Center. (All organizational operating costs are donated by the Tiel Family.)