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National MS Society’s 1st Dinner of Champions Inland Empire to Honor Local Businesswoman Rene Webb
René Webb, owner of eleven McDonald’s franchise locations in the Inland Empire, will be honored at the 1st annual Dinner of Champions Inland Empire, sponsored by and benefiting the Southern California Chapter of the National MS Society.
By: Marni Deckter, Nat'l MS Society, So Cal Chapter
René was diagnosed with MS in 1983. MS is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and can stop people from moving. The symptoms vary from person to person and in any one person over time. The disease progressed quickly for René, but over the years, she has improved from using a scooter, to a wheelchair, to a walking stick. She said, “I attribute this improvement to the encouragement and support of family and friends, lots of prayer and to Society-sponsored programs I have participated in. The Society has made a positive difference in my life, for my husband Reggie and for our children Kiana, Karim and Kyle.”
René has been giving back to the National MS Society for the last decade by participating in the annual Walk MS event. Last year, while printing Walk MS flyers to include with McDonald’s orders in her stores, René had a chance meeting with commercial real estate broker Mike Radlovic. She related her story about her diagnosis and her experiences with MS. She told of how her Walk team grew from a small group raising $850 in its first year to a larger group that raised over $32,000 in 2009. Mike was inspired by how René faced the challenges of life with MS head on, and how the disease didn’t stop her from traveling the world and from her tremendous fundraising to help others living with MS. He invited René to a local Kiwanis event so that she could meet other local business leaders, including Rancho Cucamonga Mayor Don Kurth. Mike said, “That was the ‘tipping point’ for René.” Soon after, the National MS Society approached René to be the honoree at the 1st annual Dinner of Champions Inland Empire. She knew instantly that it was the perfect time and opportunity to expand her fundraising efforts and help with corporate outreach in the Inland Empire.
Mike, now a chair of this 1st annual event, said, “I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time to meet René. MS is a very worthy cause and Mr. and Mrs. Webb are just wonderful people. We need to do everything we can to help them and the more than 2,500 families affected by MS in the Inland Empire.” If you would like to attend the event and purchase a table or a ticket, please call Jennifer Gaylord at (909) 949-1363 or email her at jennifer.gaylord@
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and it 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 2.1 million worldwide.
About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS. In 2008 alone, through our home office and 50-state network of chapters, we devoted over $148 million to programs that enhanced more than one million lives. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested over $45 million to support 440 research projects around the world. We are people who want to do something about MS NOW. Join the movement at nationalMSsociety.org.
Studies show that early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can reduce future disease activity and improve quality of life for many people with multiple sclerosis. Talk to your health care professional and contact the National MS Society at nationalMSsociety.org 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.