BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Hundreds of people joined together Friday to salute some of the champions in the fight against multiple sclerosis.
The National MS Society hosted its second annual Champions on the Move luncheon at the Buffalo Marriott. The organization honored seven local people and two groups who work to improve the lives of those with this often-disabling disease.
Western New York has one of the highest rates of MS in the entire country. News 4's Jacquie Walker served as emcee and helped launch the new Team Up 4 MS fundraising campaign, partnering this year with the Buffalo Sabres.
National MS Society President and CEO Stephanie Kunes-Mincer said, "It's really important and it's very exciting, I think. I mean, what a great way to partner with the Sabres, and certainly they are on board and they've decided to join the movement and help us raise money for the important research we do. A lot of the research is done right here in Buffalo."
Everyone is drawing inspiration from one of the Friday's honorees: Pearl Kibler. Even the night before the award luncheon, the 93-year-old was on the phone, working to gather donations to support research and patient care through the National MS Society.
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