EAST BRUNSWICK – This past June the New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society honored Daynielle Hunter and Joy Stoffers of East Brunswick during its annual scholarship awards ceremony. This year the chapter awarded scholarships to 73 area students distributing a total of $81,000. Both students will continue their education close to home. Hunter will continue on with her college education at Ramapo College this fall while Stoffers will begin hers at Rutgers University.
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.”
For more information about the New Jersey Metro Chapter’s Scholarship Program, contact Patti Pasquino at 1-201-967-5599 extension 206 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about multiple sclerosis or programs and services for all those affected by the disease, call 1-800-344-4867 or log on to www.nationalMSsociety.org/njm.
Left to right – Jim Roberts, president National MS Society’s New Jersey Metro Chapter, scholarship recipient Daynielle Hunter and New Jersey Metro Chapter Board Member Meryl Ravitz
Left to right – Jim Roberts, president National MS Society’s New Jersey Metro Chapter, scholarship recipient Joy Stoffers and New Jersey Metro Chapter Board Member Meryl Ravitz
(Photos courtesy of New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society)
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