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More MS news articles for May 2004

Actor tries to raise MS awareness

Tue, May. 11, 2004
Tracy Wheeler
Akron Beacon Journal

After keeping his disease secret for 15 years, Squiggy -- actor David L. Lander -- is speaking out about multiple sclerosis.

Lander, who played the dim-witted greaser Squiggy on Laverne & Shirley, was diagnosed with MS in 1984, but kept it hidden until 1999. In 2000, he released his book, Fall Down Laughing: How Squiggy Caught Multiple Sclerosis and Didn't Tell Nobody.

At 7 p.m. Monday, at the Sheraton Suites, 1989 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, Lander will share his personal experiences with the disease. More importantly, though, he wants to raise awareness about the importance of early and sustained treatment.

Akron's Dr. Gregory T. Gardziola, director of the Neurosurgery and Neurology Associates MS Center, will present information about the latest in MS treatments and research.

Registration for the free program begins at 6 p.m. Pre-registration is available by calling 866-955-9999.

Fund-raising weekend

Loosen up those legs. It's going to be a busy weekend of hiking, biking and walking to raise money to fight some wide-reaching diseases.

Pedal-with-Pete hits its 10-year anniversary Saturday, raising money for cerebral palsy research with its annual bike and hike event, at Fred Fuller Park, 497 Middlebury Road, Kent. Check-in and registration runs from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the park's Roy Smith Shelter.

Participants can choose between a 15-mile or 40-mile bike route, or a 2 ½-mile hike. The registration fee is $25 for individuals, $40 for families.

For more information, visit or call 800-304-7383.

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