Marlborough Resident Wins $20K in Raffle to Cure MS

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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

Marlborough Resident Wins $20K in Raffle to Cure MS

Waltham, Mass. August 26, 2003 - Everybody's a winner in the recent Anna Peabody Fund for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Raffle, especially a Marlborough man who won the grand prize of $20,000 and the Boston Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis, which received Raffle proceeds of over $30,000. Ten other lucky winners received $100. The Fund proceeds will go to the Boston Cure Project's multidisciplinary Blood, Tissue and Data Bank that will increase MS research collaboration to find a cure.

The lucky winner, who we'll simply refer to as Kyle to protect his privacy, has both a family member and friends who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis so winning was very special for him. Kyle says, "I participate in several events to raise contributions for MS but I never expected anything in return. It's simply knowing I've touched the lives of those living with MS in my own small way." After much prodding, Kyle admitted he will put some of is winnings to use on home improvement projects that have been on the back burner.

Nearly 1600 Anna Peabody Fund Raffle tickets were sold from May until the drawing date late August. Kyle had the option of selecting $20,000 or a 2003 Acura. Kyle said, "I already have a great car, so I chose the money."

George Peabody, the father of Anna Peabody and the day-to-day Fund operator says, "We're extremely grateful to the individuals who worked relentlessly to sell Raffle tickets and we're thankful to the gracious individuals who purchased them to help cure MS." Peabody added, "With my daughter affected by MS and our growing network of other families affected by the disease, it's great knowing we can contribute to cure MS and touch many lives."

Kyle purchased his winning ticket at the annual Boston Cure Project Scavenger Hunt to Cure MS where he was a first-time participant. Kyle says, "The Scavenger Hunt is likely the most fun I've had raising money for Multiple Sclerosis, or at any fundraiser for that matter. I'll participate in the Hunt again and will encourage my friends to put teams together."

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.