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National Bestselling Novelist Named To Speak At 2008 WAMS Luncheon

NEW HAVEN, Conn. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter will host the sixth annual Women Against MS (WAMS) Luncheon at Woodwinds in Branford, Conn., Friday, June 6. National bestselling novelist Jacquelyn Mitchard has been named keynote speaker. Mitchard authored the critically acclaimed “The Breakdown Lane,” a novel about living with the sudden onset of a chronic illness. Mitchard’s own lifelong friend, Jeanine, was diagnosed several years ago with multiple sclerosis.

WAMS, Mitchard
Mitchard’s first novel, “The Deep End of the Ocean,” was named by USA Today as one of the 10 most influential books released over the past 25 years. The same book was recognized by the Oprah Winfrey Book Club. “The Deep End of the Ocean” was later made into a feature film starring Michelle Pfeiffer. Mitchard recently joined forces with the National MS Society to help raise awareness in support of her lifelong friend’s battle against the disease. In November Mitchard spoke to more than 200 guests at the WAMS luncheon held in Plantsville.

According to statistics, three times as many women are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) as are men. As a result women across the nation now come together annually, state by state and chapter by chapter, to learn, through inspirational personal accounts, about the effects of this potentially debilitating disease and the latest advances in treatment and care. These same women join together to raise critically needed funds to facilitate scientific research to find a cure. The money raised also provides for vital programs and services offered by local chapters. Since 2001 these dynamic groups have been known as Women Against MS or WAMS.
WAMS, Maminta

Local news anchor and reporter Jocelyn Maminta, WTNH News Channel 8, will serve as mistress of ceremonies at the luncheon. Maminta, who joined the station in 1993, co-anchors the weekly news with Keith Kountz at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. She also regularly reports on health-related topics and medical breakthroughs.

Last year the Greater New Haven luncheon raised more than $35,000. Over the past four years, Greater New Haven and Greater Hartford WAMS luncheons have raised more than $500,000. For more information on attending the WAMS luncheon, please contact Kristen Mauro, senior development specialist, at (860) 714-2300, ext. 224, or visit http://www.ctfightsms.org/.

For More Information
Contact Karen Butler
Vice President of Communications
Phone: 860.714.2300, ext. 230


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