Central VA MS Society Names Six Nominees for Woman on the Move Award
RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — For the fifth year in a row, the Central Virginia Chapter of the National MS Society will host the Women on the Move luncheon Thursday, September 20(th) at the Richmond Marriott (Downtown) from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Sponsored by CowanGates, Saxon Shoes, TEVA Neuroscience, Union First Market Bank and Lite 98, event attendees will celebrate six Richmond-area business and community leaders who are finalists for the Woman on the Move Award:
- Lisa Germano, Co-Founder of Actuarial Benefits & Design Company
- Molly Tate, UPS Professional Package Driver
- Marilyn House West, CEO of M. H. West & Co., Inc.
- Kelli Meadows, Co-Founder of Actuarial Benefits & Design Company (AB & D)
- Teresa DiMarco, CEO of WellAware Systems
- Kate Houck, Owner of CommonWealth Concierge
The event’s keynote speaker, Zoe Koplowitz, is a 22-time marathon finisher who lives with the daily challenges of Multiple Sclerosis. Dr. Babette Fuss of Virginia Commonwealth University will also speak about the progress being made on her MS research project, and the program will culminate with the presentation of the Woman on the Move Award. This year, Vera and Mike Caniglia of Vera’s Fine Jewelers have donated a beautiful, custom-designed pin for the 2012 Woman on the Move recipient. Designed to look like a high-heel shoe with the MS Society logo, the pin will be passed down each year to the next award winner. This year it will be presented by Debbie Johnston, owner of Care Advantage and the 2011 recipient of the Woman on the Move Award. Kat Simon, radio-personality of Lite 98, will be Mistress of Ceremony again this year.
Women are impacted by MS at a much higher rate than their male counterparts. The Women on the Move luncheon is a way for the community to honor all women affected by MS and create more awareness of the disease.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body. 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 at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and over 2.1 million worldwide.
SOURCE Central Virginia Chapter of the National MS Society