Dateline: April 19, 2001
Haddonfield Plays And Players, 957 S. Atlantic Ave., wants a packed house for a special fundraising performance benefiting the National MS Society on Thursday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. The theater company will present a preview showing of Neil Simon's "Barefoot In The Park" to raise funds to benefit over 8,400 area residents with multiple sclerosis. Tickets are $15 each the doors open at 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Christine Hartranft at 856-547-2484.
"Barefoot In The Park" is the story of a newlywed couple's misadventures as they move into a new high-rise apartment. Wacky hi-jinks ensue when they find out they have to climb six flights of stairs to reach their apartment, it is bare, nothing works, the skylight leaks snow, there's no room for a double bed and the neighbor upstairs has to use their apartment window to reach his loft space.
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic and often disabling disease of the central nervous system. People with MS are usually diagnosed between the ages 20-40 and face unpredictable symptoms that can range from numbness, blurred vision, paralysis and blindness. Because of its unpredictability, the age at which it manifests itself, and the fact that over 70% of people with MS are women, the disease itself often has a devastating impact on families. The National MS Society supports programs that help ensure people with MS will live their lives with as little disruption as possible. One of the many goals of the MS Society is the empowerment of people with MS.
For more than 50 years, the National MS Society has supported more research and served more people with MS than any other national voluntary MS organization. The organization has been the leading provider of programs for people with MS, their families, and friends. The MS Society currently funds more than 300 ongoing research projects that provide for a cure, improved treatments and diagnostic techniques. Chapters in every state service more than a million Americans and their families affected by MS.