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Fairfield County Attorney Honored As Outstanding Advocacy Volunteer
STRATFORD, Conn. —Everett Sussman has received the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter’s Outstanding Advocacy Volunteer award. Sussman accepted the honor earlier this month at the chapter’s Awards Ceremony and Annual Meeting.
Last year Sussman, an attorney practicing in Stratford, Conn., became chairman of the Connecticut Chapter’s Advocacy Committee, where he has been working to implement the statewide agenda and develop the base of advocacy volunteers.
"Everett’s enthusiasm, expertise and long-standing involvement with the organization have been invaluable and make him more than deserving of this special recognition," said Lynette Coleman, associate vice president of programs and services.
More than 6,000 Connecticut residents live with multiple sclerosis, a chronic and often disabling disease of the central nervous system. There currently is no cure. Symptoms can include, among other things, numbness and tingling in the limbs, difficulties with vision and speech, stiffness and, in some more severe cases, total paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot be predicted.
Sussman first became involved with the National MS Society as a walk volunteer in the 1990s. Years later, when the Norwalk office was looking for an advocacy volunteer, he came forward based on his desire to be a lobbyist. He has even taken the MS message to Capitol Hill as part of the national public policy conference.
"As chairman of Government Relations for the Chapter, it is gratifying to see that we are achieving some success with the state and federal governments," says Sussman. "I am looking forward to the successes for which we are still striving."
Chapter president Lisa Gerrol handed out 17 awards at the annual meeting, which took place at the Hartford Marriot Rocky Hill March 2. Joyce Nelson, president and CEO of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, gave the keynote speech.
For more information on multiple sclerosis, the chapter, its efforts to end the devastating effects of the disease and the many ways to help, please go to http://www.ctfightsms.org/.
CUTLINE:Everett Sussman Esq. is honored as Outstanding Advocacy Volunteer at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter Awards Ceremony and Annual Meeting Sunday, March 2. Pictured are, left to right, Joyce Nelson, president and chief executive officer of the National MS Society; Lisa Gerrol, president and chief professional officer, Connecticut Chapter; Everett Sussman; and Mike Stacy, master of ceremonies, Connecticut Chapter board of trustees member and morning show host at WRCH Lite 100.5 FM.