STATE — On Saturday, June 19 the New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society held its annual scholarship award ceremony. This year the chapter awarded scholarships to 73 area students distributing a total of $81,000. The ceremony was hosted by Board Member Meryl Ravitz and Joe Revello who are the driving forces behind the program.
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.
“We know so many families struggling to cope with the financial impact of MS,” says Jim Roberts, 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.”
Ravitz who grew up with a parent with MS experienced firsthand the all of the struggles associated with the disease. This is why she has made the MS Scholarship Program her passion and works tirelessly each year to see that all those who would like to further their education have the opportunity to do so.
Revello was diagnosed with MS in 1995 and since then he has taken the lead in raising money for many of the New Jersey Metro Chapter’s programs and services. Joe and his wife Denise made the scholarship program a priority for their fundraising efforts because they recognize the struggles of families who are coping with the financial impact of MS and believe that MS shouldn’t stand in the way of an education.
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