By: Gena Hyde | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2015
Uncorking the Cure for MS committee members (L to R): Cindy Cain, Debbie Garner, Lucia Laughlin and Brent Laughlin.
On Thursday, October 15, the National MS Society will host the 14th annual Uncorking the Cure for MS with a western chic theme at the legendary Cain’s Ballroom. This annual dinner and auction raises funds to fuel progress in MS research, and supports much needed programs and services that help each person living with MS live their best life.
Singer, performer and bandleader Cindy Cain was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000. Raised in Pryor, Oklahoma, Cindy honed her vocals and style while living in Washington, D.C. before relocating in 2001 to Tulsa, where she has received many accolades for her work. After years of performing in various venues in Washington, D.C. and Oklahoma, Cindy’s performance schedule has slowed down mainly due to fatigue from her MS. However, she continues to lend her time and talent to raise funds and awareness for multiple sclerosis through events such as Uncorking the Cure for MS and Walk MS.
Cindy attended Uncorking the Cure for MS for the first time in 2014 with members of her Walk MS team. She bought tickets as a way to thank her friend and team captain of Violette’s Vengeance, Donna Leming. “I’ve been touched from the start by Donna’s persistence in raising money for MS research.” Another friend, who also lives with MS and is a volunteer with the National MS Society, encouraged Cindy to become more actively involved in Uncorking the Cure for MS. Cindy is a member for the event’s steering committee and is the featured entertainment with her band.
“Working on the steering committee and performing at this year’s Uncorking the Cure for MS is the coalescence of two threads – a thread of persistence and a thread of advocacy, by others on my behalf. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to share my story if it helps someone else and to say thank you to those who have helped and inspired me,” Cindy said. “Everyone on the MS spectrum – persons living with MS, their family and friends, caregivers, physicians, researchers – needs every bit of persistence and advocacy we can muster.”
Uncorking the Cure for MS attendees will enjoy catering by Lambrusco’z to Go, Triumph Cellars Wines, live and silent auctions, a wine pull, and a special concert by local recording artist Cindy Cain and the Red Hot Pokers. Western chic or cocktail attire is requested. Event information and ticket purchase are available at uncorkingthecureforMSok.org or by contacting Pamela O’Briant at eat0@eau0eav0eaw0 or (405) 463-4863.
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.
In 2014, the Society invested $50.6 million to advance more than 380 research projects around the world in order to stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost, and end MS forever. Through its comprehensive nationwide network of programs and services, it also helped more than one million people affected by MS connect to the people, information and resources needed to live their best lives.
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