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MS does not stop because of COVID-19, and neither will we.

Donate now to ensure we can meet the urgent and expanding needs of the MS community and our organization during this critical time. No act of generosity is too small to make a difference.

  • Donors who contribute $120 or more will be entered to win an original painting by our keynote speaker, Lydia Emily!
  • Donors who contribute $85 or more you will be entered to win a 45-minute photography session with an online gallery of edited downloadable images by Two Blue Eyes Photography!

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Join us for our first ever VIRTUAL Women Against MS Luncheon!

Friday, November 6, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Women Against MS (WAMS) is a nationwide educational and fundraising event that helps to increase public awareness of MS and the National MS Society while acknowledging and encouraging the advancement of women philanthropists. Our luncheon brings together leaders from the business, philanthropic, and healthcare communities to ensure that we move MS research forward. The event features both a mission spotlight and keynote speaker, jewelry raffle, and designer purse auction.

In 2019, nearly 300 attendees helped to raise more than $80,000 to benefit important research, programs, and services that improve the lives of the nearly 1 million people living with MS in the United States.

Keynote Speaker: Lydia Emily

International Artist

As an international artist and someone living with MS, Lydia Emily uses visual concepts and imagery to bring a message of hope to those living with the disease.

Her artwork spreads the message of hope and strength to those whose lives are touched by MS. She has used her diagnosis not only as a catalyst for her art, but also as a way of bringing a voice to the movement. Because, as she says, "Art should do more than hang, it should bring hope. It should help."

Lydia Emily has been an incredible champion of the National MS Society - speaking at the Public Policy Conference, fundraising events and participating in various awareness campaigns.



Event Emcee: Benita Zahn

WNYT News Channel 13



Benita Zahn, DPS, co-anchors NewsChannel 13 Live at 4 with Jerry Gretzinger and Live at 6 with Jim Kambrich. She is also the health reporter, covering issues including wellness, treatment breakthroughs, aging, nutrition, and the latest health care trends. A nine-time Emmy nominee, she has also been a Women Against MS honoree, and won media awards from the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, and the American Heart Association.


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You Could Win!

If you donate $120 or more you will be entered to win the below original painting by our keynote speaker, Lydia Emily!

"The story behind this is?I believe that everyone that suffers from a disease suffers from a form of PTSD caused by the uncertainty of their future. We are hopeful we come out for the "light" but we are timid and afraid. I ask everyone I encounter to consider me to be a bunny. I can scare easily but I'll come back as I try so hard to be a fierce survivor and provider for my family. It's kind of a self portrait." - Lydia Emily



If you donate $85 or more you will be entered to win a 45-minute photography session with an online gallery of edited downloadable images by Two Blue Eyes Photography!

This certificate can be used for headshots, family photos, engagement photos, holiday photos - any occasion!

Special thank you to Lydia Emily and Two Blue Eyes Photography for their generous donations

Thank you to the Women Against MS Luncheon committee!


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Your individual fundraising page allows you to share your story and set a goal. The funds you raise will help make our mission a reality!

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