Curing MS: Today's Marathon Without a Finish Line

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Belinda Vandervoort, belinda@bostoncure.org, 781-235-2882
Krista Milne, krista.milne@comcast.net, 617/969-0770
Art Mellor, art@bostoncure.org, 781/487-0008

CURING MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: TODAY'S MARATHON WITHOUT A FINISH LINE

Waltham, Mass.-September 19, 2003-Curing Multiple Sclerosis (MS) seems like a marathon without an end. However, individuals like Billy Harless are running marathons to accelerate efforts to cure MS. Billy hits the ground running to raise contributions for the Boston Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis, a national nonprofit accelerating efforts to cure MS.

Billy Harless, a Maryland resident and father of four, was one of the first runners to sign up for the Boston Cure Project and Fitsense Sense of Purpose  program that encourages runners to raise contributions to fund MS research. Billy's upcoming races include the National Capitol 20-Miler on September 28 in Alexandria, Va. and the Marine Corps Marathon in October 26, Arlington, Va. He most recently ran the tough Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon in Virginia Beach.

"It doesn't matter if I finish first or in the middle of the pack," says Billy Harless, a solutions architect for Hewlett-Packard by day. "When I run and experience fatigue, I think of people with MS and the pain they feel everyday. With the support of generous individuals and companies, I know we're helping to cure MS every time I pound the pavement."

"As a person with Multiple Sclerosis and the CEO of the Boston Cure Project for MS, we're grateful to Billy and his 'many strides' to cure this debilitating disease," says Art Mellor. "We also extend our gratitude to Billy's supporters and others that back Sense of Purpose. Together we'll cross the finish line."

To support Billy's efforts, checks can be made payable to Boston Cure Project, 13 Belton St., Arlington, Mass. 02474, attention: Billy's Run. To see a photo of Billy in action here. Athletes can run or walk in any race, not earmarked for a specific cause, to raise contributions for MS research. Visit Sense of Purpose to sign up today.

About The Boston Cure Project

The Boston Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis, www.bostoncure.org, is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to curing Multiple Sclerosis (MS) by determining its causes. Boston Cure Project believes this effort can be accelerated by organizing the research process and encouraging collaboration between research organizations and clinicians. A "Cure Map" is currently being developed by the Boston Cure Project to establish what is known and what is not known about the causes of MS. From the Cure Map, Boston Cure Project will facilitate research most likely to reveal the causes of MS in the shortest time through a large-scale, multidisciplinary, MS Repository. For more information about the Boston Cure Project or to make a corporate or individual donation, call 781/487-0008, visit bostoncure.org, or send an email to info-web0706@bostoncure.org.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic demyelinating disorder of the central nervous system that often results in severe disability including the inability to walk, blindness, cognitive dysfunction, extreme fatigue and other serious symptoms. MS affects over 400,000 people in the US and 2 million individuals worldwide. The disorder occurs twice as often in women as in men. The cause is not known and there is no known cur