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Jessica Grimes of Pittsboro named as National MS Society Eastern NC Chapter board member

Posted Thursday, October 29, 2009

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Raleigh, NC - The Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is pleased to announce the addition of four new board members. All of the newly appointed women are highly active in the professional and philanthropic community, bringing a diversity of experience and expertise to the Chapter board. These members include:

Jessica Grimes of Pittsboro has been a regional consultant with Fidelity Investments for ten years. She has been active with the National MS Society wherever she has lived, participating in events like Bike MS. She was chosen to serve on the Department of Defense Peer Review Panel for 2008 to work with medical and research professionals to evaluate MS focused research projects. Jessica’s father has had MS for over 30 years.

Sharon Halperin of Chapel Hill is an active philanthropist in several local organizations. She has a B.S. in physical therapy from Quinnipiac University and received a Master of Public Health from Columbia University. She was the founder and co-chair of the Women’s Philanthropy Division of the Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation. She was selected as the Chapter’s Mother of the Year in 2003.

Pam Kohl of Raleigh is the district director for the office of Congressman Brad Miller. She was formerly the executive director of the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education, the planning director for the United Way of North Carolina and the CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Capital and Coast. She has also served as chair for the Women Against MS Luncheon.

Sallie Shuping-Russell of Chapel Hill is a managing director of BlackRock. She graduated from the University of North Carolina with an A.B. in English and political science and went on to earn a M.B.A. from Columbia University. She currently serves on UNC's Board of Trustees and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the UNC Health Care System. There is a scholarship at the UNC Department of Maternal and Child Health endowed by Sallie and her former husband and an endowed professorship given by Sallie in the Department of English. She recently served as a vice chair for the Chapter's Dinner of Champions event.

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.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society:
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. The Eastern North Carolina Chapter, located in Raleigh, serves the over 4,900 individuals affected by MS in our 49-county area. 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 www.nationalMSsociety.org/nct 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.

 
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