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Local woman to receive MS Society Award

May 14, 2004
Wethersfield Post

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Connecticut Chapter is pleased to announce that Karen Guarnaccia of Wethersfield has been chosen to receive the 2004 Anita Nesci Outstanding Woman Against MS Award.

Karen will be honored at the annual Serono/Pfizer Women Against MS luncheon on May 21 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.

Guarnaccia, a person with MS, is being recognized for her involvement as a board member, Chapter Programs Committee Chair, MS Ambassador, events volunteer and the many, many other selfless acts of volunteerism she has engaged in over the past years. Karen is overjoyed at being chosen. Paraphrasing Karen, "I am so thrilled. This award is so special to me because of my long friendship and close association with Anita Nesci. It's such an honor to recognized in her memory."

Sue Thomas, whose amazing story is dramatized in the original TV series "Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye," will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon. Profoundly deaf since she was 18 months old, Sue Thomas mastered the art of lip reading and speaking, completed her B.S. degree in political science and pursued a career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Because of her superb abilities, the FBI enlisted her to read lips in high-profile undercover operations. In addition to the television series on PAX-TV, Thomas wrote a best-selling autobiography, "Silent Night."

Recently, Thomas was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a life-long, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. It most often strikes people between the ages of 20 and 50, and hits women three times more often than men. Ms. Thomas will tell her inspirational story at the MS luncheon on May 21, joining hundreds of Connecticut women who are teaming up to help raise money for MS programs, services and research.

To participate in this afternoon of hope, inspiration and fellowship, please call the National MS Society, Greater Hartford Office, at 860-953-0601 or log onto to make your reservation at the Serono/Pfizer Women Against MS luncheon on May 21.

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