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Families Touched by MS Hopes to Help Multiple Sclerosis Patients
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Families Touched by MS Hopes to Help Multiple Sclerosis Patients

What began as an event to help a friend has turned into a yearly mission to help those with multiple sclerosis.

The third annual Families Touched by MS fundraiser will be held from 6:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 2, in the auditorium at St. Mary’s High School, 142 Laverack Ave., Lancaster.

The effort began three years ago, when a group of St. Mary’s and Lancaster High School friends started fundraising to help a friend who had been battling multiple sclerosis for more than a decade. The friend required handicap-accessible renovations at his home, so his comrades formed Families Touched by MS to run a fundraiser to make the renovations a reality.

With the success of the first event, those who formed Families Touched by MS decided to create a not-for-profit group of the same name and operate an annual fundraiser to help the Lancaster-Depew community, organizers said. The group has helped MS patients and their families to renovate bathrooms to make them handicap accessible, build a first-floor laundry room, purchase a scooter and pay medical bills.

A major goal of this year’s fundraiser is to help a person who has not been able to enjoy her back yard except through her windows for several years by building a rear deck with a ramp, according to the organization.

Tickets for this year’s fundraiser, which will feature a tropical theme, are $25 and include a chance to win a trip to Rio de Janeiro. The event also will include silent auctions, Chinese auctions, a tropical theme costume contest, dancing, food and entertainment by the band Hit ‘N’ Run.

To make a donation, purchase tickets or for more information, call 656-9489 or write to Families Touched by MS, 5165 Broadway, Suite 200, Depew, NY 14043.

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