Holy Name Medical Center's MS Center hosted its 2nd Annual Awards Dinner at The Palisadium in Cliffside Park last night. Holy Name presented Chris Cimino, WNBC-TV Meteorologist, with the Lawrence R. Inserra Leadership Award for his tireless efforts on behalf of the MS Center and the patients it serves. The award was established in memory of Lawrence R. Inserra, Sr., who had inspired not just patients, families, and staff of the MS Center but the entire Holy Name community in his battle with the disease.
Multiple sclerosis strikes individuals most often in the prime of life, between the ages of 15 and 40. It is estimated that 400,000 people in the United States live with this debilitating disease, with a new diagnosis every hour. The MS Center at Holy Name Medical Center has been confronting this disease head-on since 1985. For more than 25 years, the MS Center has provided individualized care for MS patients and their families at Holy Name, investigating modalities that modify the disease, helping to reduce symptoms, improving overall function, preventing progression, and promoting independence.