The all-day conference is free and open to all those in the Pittsburgh area who live with MS, as well as their family members, friends and caregivers.
“This event is nothing short of inspirational to all of those who struggle with the daily challenges of living with MS,” Alan Mandel, CEO and executive director of MSWorld, said in a press release.
MSWorld was founded in 1996 by Kathleen Wilson to end the isolation often felt by people when first diagnosed with MS. Launched with only six people in a chat room, MSWorld today serves more than 190,000 members and provides online support and information to those living directly or indirectly with MS. It also offers a message board of important organizations like the National MS Society.
The Pittsburg event takes place at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum Music Hall Foyer, and will feature talks from three MS patients and six prominent experts. Physicians, healthcare experts and movement specialists from across the United States will also address the audience with live participation.
World-famous motivational speaker, mountain climber, author and MS patient Wendy Booker, will headline the event. Booker has 16 years of experience in patient advocacy, community engagement, marketing communications and public affairs in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry.
Another highlight will be singer, songwriter and MS patient Kathy Reagan Young, who will perform her song, “Wash Your Mouth Out with Hope,” accompanied by instrumentals from the Carnegie Mellon School of Music.
The day will start with a complimentary continental breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Session 1 starts at 10 a.m. and is followed by a meet-and-greet luncheon at noon. Session 2 will start at 1 p.m. Registrations are now open and will remain open until Aug. 14.
Attendees will be entitled to free accessible parking and a free day pass to the museum, as well as breakfast, lunch and parting gift bags. Only a limited number of seats are available, so early registration is recommended.