More MS news articles for Oct 2001

Art dealer, diagnosed with MS, offers $10 cuts

October 5, 2001
Devan Stuart

Local businesswoman Joyce Pecci, owner of Jolo Salon in Orange Park and curator of The Find, a San Marco art gallery, is going public with her fight against multiple sclerosis.

Pecci, wife of Design Factory President Louis Pecci, aims to raise $1,500 for the Northeast Florida Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society via a cut-a-thon Oct. 7, offering $10 haircuts.

The agency will split proceeds between research and treatment funds for patients who don't have insurance.

"My medication runs $1,300 a month," Pecci said. "I'm really lucky that I have insurance, but there's a lot of people that don't have insurance."

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms can include numbness in the limbs, paralysis, loss of eyesight, depression and fatigue. Doctors diagnosed Pecci in March after she lost vision in her left eye for eight weeks. She since has regained full sight, but lost hearing in her right ear permanently.

"It's a lifestyle change," Pecci said, citing daily injections, medications and diet changes.

One in 1,200 Floridians have multiple sclerosis, said Sabrah Marvin, community outreach manager for the Northeast Florida Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. "On the First Coast alone, there are about 1,200 people."

Pecci already has raised more than $500, including a $250 donation from Hertz Rent A Car and promotional products from Paul Mitchell Systems.

Mural adds historical view to Regency's $10M Galley
Regency Square Mall this week debuted its $10 million renovation of the Galley Food Court. The project's focal point is a 200- by 12-foot canvas and 108- by 32-foot stained glass mural, installed last week.

The mural provides a panoramic, historical view of Northeast Florida. Highlights include Spanish explorer Ponce De Leon's search for the Fountain of Youth, a jaguar climbing an oak tree, former Florida Gov. Napoleon Broward's tugboat, and several area bridges and Downtown buildings.

Chicago artist Thomas Melvin and his team created the mural.

Marketing Manager Joseph Scott calls the Galley "a heavily themed eating experience."

Scott compares the Galley to the City Walk at Orlando's Universal Studios.

The Galley opened to the public Oct. 1 and mall officials plan a grand opening celebration Oct. 11.

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