Stony Brook, NY - September 19, 2013 - The Fourth Annual Harvest Sunset Dinner to raise funds for pediatric multiple sclerosis (MS) research conducted through the Lourie Center for Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis at Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital will take place at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook, NY on Thursday, November 21 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Celebrity Chef Guy Reuge, of Mirabelle Restaurant at the Three Village Inn, is the Harvest Sunset honoree in recognition of his outstanding community service and his commitment and support of the Center’s mission to advance research and provide world-class medical care for children and adolescents with MS.
Shari Einhorn, of News12 Long Island, will emcee the event.
Also recognized at the event are two individuals who will receive the “Woman of Distinction” award. Rina Ambrosio, of Wantagh, N.Y., the mother or a pediatric patient of the Lourie Center, will be recognized for her enthusiasm and energy in organizing fundraising events to benefit the Lourie Center. Nancy Rifkind, of East Setauket, N.Y., will receive the award for her unwavering annual support of the Teen Adventure Camp.
Historically viewed as an adult-onset disease and difficult to diagnose in children, MS is now understood by scientists to be a pediatric disease as well. MS affects approximately ten thousand children in the U.S. “Research to help us uncover the mysteries of MS is vital if we are to find better diagnostics for children with MS and develop targeted treatments for the long-term management of the disease,” says Lauren Krupp, M.D., Professor of Neurology, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and Pediatric MS Program Director. “We are pleased that this event helps to both celebrate our advances in MS research and support our ongoing programs.”
About the Lourie Center for Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis
The Lourie Center for Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis, part of Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital, was established to advance the recognition, evaluation, and treatment of children and adolescents with MS through the creation of a multidisciplinary program dedicated to clinical care and scientific research of children and adolescents with MS. The Center includes a team of clinical experts in MS, pediatric neurology, nursing, social work, psychiatry, neuroimaging, and neuropsychology. Collaborating with clinicians are researchers from a variety of fields including neuroscience, neuroimmunology, genetics, physics, and chemistry. The center has been designated a Center of Excellence by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.