Father Marton Will Run The Chicago Marthon, Funding Efforts To Cure MS

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


Waltham, Mass. - September 30, 2003 - Father Bernard Marton, a 62-year-old Cistercian monk/priest and teacher/counselor at the Cistercian Preparatory School, is running marathons to accelerate efforts to cure Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Fr. Marton, a Dallas resident, will hit the ground running for MS in the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 12. The contributions Fr. Marton raises will be donated to the Boston Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis, a national nonprofit dedicated to curing MS by determining its causes.

Father Marton, the former headmaster of the Cistercian Preparatory School, says, "It doesn't matter if I finish first or last. Giving people with MS hope for their future is all the reason I need to raise contributions to help fund research. I am grateful to all of you who support my efforts and MS research."

Father Marton is a Hungarian native who now calls Irving, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, home. But it wasn't an easy road to Texas. As Fr. Marton fled Hungary during the Hungarian revolution, he spent two years in refugee camps before he arrived in Dallas in 1958. Now Fr. Marton "relaxes" a bit and adds "running marathons" to his impressive list of ongoing humanitarian activities and accomplishments.

Art Mellor, the CEO of the Boston Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis, and an individual with MS says, "We're extremely grateful to Father Marton for his many strides to help fund MS research. It's efforts from remarkable individuals like Father Marton that get us closer to discovering the causes of MS." Mellor adds, "We also extend our gratitude to Father Marton's supporters. Together we'll cross the MS finish line."

To support Fr. Marton's efforts, send a check payable to Boston Cure Project, 13 Belton St., Arlington, Mass. 02474, attention: Father Marton's Run.

The Boston Cure Project/Fitsense Sense of Purpose program is part of the Boston Cure Project's efforts to raise contributions for MS research. Runners can learn more about the program by visiting www.bostoncure.org.

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 cure.