October 20, 2003
Rocky Mountain News
For 25 years, services offered at the Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center have been the silver lining to the dark cloud that is multiple sclerosis.
By combining patient services, education and research into one comprehensive program, the MS Center improves the quality of life for MS patients and their families as they wait for medical science to find a cure for the debilitating neurological disease.
"Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining" is the center's optimistic outlook on finding that cure. It was also the theme of its recent fund-raising gala, sponsored by the RMMSC Guild at The Wildlife Experience in Parker, to celebrate the center's silver anniversary.
RMMSC was founded in 1978 as one of the nation's first comprehensive facilities dedicated to the study and treatment of MS. The guild, founded 10 years later, raises funds to support the facility at Swedish Medical Center.
More evidence of a silver lining to MS is the center's stellar supporters, including Calhoun Cox Jr., who received the organization's 2003 Humanitarian Award at the celebration.
Known to his closest friends as "Cal," the Vietnam veteran is chairman of Calcon Constructors Inc., former president of Associated General Contractors of Colorado and former trustee for the Carpenters Education and Training Trust Fund and Carpenters and Millwrights Vocation Fund.
In addition to supporting the MS cause, Cox has contributed to and served on the boards of the YMCA (local, national and international), the Eleanor Roosevelt Institute for Cancer Research, Young Americans Education Foundation, Young Americans Bank and the American Heart Association, to name just a few.
One of Cox's most visible contributions to the MS Center has been the recent renovation of its King Adult Day Enrichment Program, which provides an alternative to nursing homes for disabled adults with MS.
Cox was accompanied to the fete by his wife, Carolyn.
The couple greeted fellow supporters such as gala co-chairwomen Mary Edwards and Patricia Redmond, accompanied by their husbands, Lloyd and Patrick, respectively; corporate committee chairman Darrell Olson and his wife, Glenda; physician chairman Dr. Peter Ricci and his wife, Florence; RMMSC board Vice Chairwoman Diane Reeder and her husband, Dr. Richard Heppe; guild President Judie Stromberg and her husband, Jim; and Executive Director Karen Wenzel and her husband, Jeff.
Also among the more than 425 anniversary-party attendees were RMMSC board chairman Larry Olsen and his wife, Sally; auction co-chairwomen Sally Shalvey and Mary McNicholas with their husbands, Bob and Kevin, respectively; Nancy Petry; Cindy and Mel Medema; Hyla and Don Sloane; Alison and Eric Anderson; Robert Backus; Wendy and Greg Cogdal; Nancy and John Cowee; Illona and Dr. Joe Dwoskin; Terri and Richard Ficca; Kenda Fuller; Betty and Mark Gruskin; Tineke and Dr. Willem Lodder; Charlie Miller and Ingrid Luszko; Phyllis and Rod Wicklund; Barbara and Gil Weiskopf; and Jim Rumsey and Diane Writer.
Writer's late husband, N. Daren Writer, co-founded RMMSC with Dr. Jack Burks.
The silver-lined soiree raised more than $153,000 for RMMSC. For more
information about RMMSC, call 303-788-4030.
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