More MS news articles for Oct 2001

The Boston Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis

Kick-Off Event with special guest: David Lander ("Squiggy" from "Laverne and Shirley")

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Saturday November 3rd, 2001 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Kick-Off Reception and Presentations

Atrium of Carl J. Shapiro Clinical Center at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 300 Brookline Ave, Boston MA, 02215 (at Longwood Ave)

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The founders of the Boston Cure Project - Art Mellor, President & CEO and Timothy Vartanian, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Scientist will be presenting an overview of the Boston Cure Project and its mission to cure Multiple Sclerosis.

The evening will feature our celebrity guest speaker David Lander (best known for his role as "Squiggy" in "Laverne & Shirley"). David is a veteran actor with scores of film roles, including "A Bug's Life," "Scary Movie," "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," and "Titan A.E.". He has also appeared in dozens of television shows, including "The Drew Carey Show," "Mad About You," and "Star Trek: the Next Generation."

David was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1984, has written a book about dealing with MS - "Fall Down Laughing" - and has become a popular and engaging speaker on multiple sclerosis.

We will be serving hors d'oeuvres, soft drinks, beer, and wine. We will also be accepting donations and pledges throughout the evening.

send email to indicating number of people and their names by October 20th.


Please let as many people know about this event as you can. Everyone is invited, and we particularly want to get the word out to people with MS, their family members, and others involved in MS and philanthropic circles.

We are not charging for this event, but we will be soliciting donations to the Boston Cure Project during the evening. Corporate and personal sponsorships are available.

We welcome any offers to help staff the event, or donations of catering services, beverages, or other useful items for the event.


The Boston Cure Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to curing Multiple Sclerosis (MS) by determining the cause of MS.

We believe the route to finding the cure will come from determining the cause or causes of MS. The causes will be found by developing a logical, organized, straight-forward process based on what is known about the cause of disease in general. This process must be clearly spelled out and presented in a manner that is accessible to those involved: researchers, clinicians, and individuals with MS.

Multiple Sclerosis affects over 300,000 people in the US and 2 million people world-wide. The cause is not known, there is no known cure, and there are no significant treatments available. MS is a chronic neuro-degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that often results in severe disability including inability to walk, blindness, cognitive dysfunction, extreme fatigue and other serious effects.

PLEASE RSVP: send email to indicating how many people will attend and their names by October 20th.

For more information about the Boston Cure Project or this event call 781/729-1055, email, or visit our new website at


We are holding the event in the atrium of the Carl J. Shapiro Clinical Center at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The Shapiro building is located at 300 Brookline Ave in Boston at the intersection of Longwood and Brookline in the Longwood Medical Area. It is accessible by car and public transportation. Ample for-pay parking is available in the lower levels of the Shapiro building itself.

Driving and parking directions:

Public Transportation:

There are a number of public transportation options for visitors coming to the Carl J. Shapiro Clinical Center. For more information, call the MBTA at 617-222-3200 or visit their website at

The main bus numbers are: 8, 8A, 47, CT2, and CT3.

The Carl J. Shapiro Clinical Center also is a short walk from the MBTA Green Line, "D-Train", Longwood stop.



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