CARTERET—In June, the New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society honored Amberlee Aspres of Carteret during its annual scholarship awards ceremony.
This year the chapter awarded scholarships to 62 area students, distributing a total of $64,000. Aspres’ outstanding academic achievements will take her Middlesex County College in the fall where she will continue on with her education.
“We know so many families struggling to cope with the financial impact of MS,” says Michael Elkow, president of New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National MS Society. “This is why we are fighting this often hidden effect of multiple sclerosis – because MS shouldn’t stand in the way of an education.”
The economic impact of MS is substantial. Direct and indirect costs of MS, including lost wages, (even for those with insurance coverage) are estimated at more than $69,000 annually, with a total lifetime cost per family of $3 million. These challenges make funding a college education that much harder.
From Left to Right – Michael Elkow, President National MS Society’s New Jersey Metro Chapter, scholarship recipient Amberlee Aspres and New Jersey Metro Chapter Board Member Meryl Ravitz. (Photo courtesy of the New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society)
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