Leslie Church honored as Inspirational Woman on the Move

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Leslie Church

Leslie Church of Penn Yan was one of eight local women honored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Upstate New York Chapter at its Women on the Move Luncheon on Friday, March 11 at the Rochester Plaza.  The luncheon recognized women in the Rochester area who are working to create a world free of MS.  

Church, longtime patient advocate,  received the Inspirational Woman on the Move Award for her years of support and dedication.

“There are so many women in our community who are a big part of the fight against MS.  We want to recognize them for the good work that they do and the progress that they are helping us make,” said Stephanie Mincer, President and CEO of the Upstate New York Chapter.  “I have been working with the National MS Society for the last 30 years.  This luncheon is a great opportunity to honor some of the women who have been working with me to create a world free of MS.”

Church has been on the move against MS by helping others living with the disease as a patient advocate.  

As an advocate she would listen, take notes and help the patient communicate, understand, remember and cope with an often confusing and fearful process, the diagnosis of MS.  

She also is a member of the Milo Town Council and a Yates County Legislator, representing District III.

Luncheon guests had the opportunity to see “We Keep Moving,” the national video series about people living with MS which featured Rochester resident Jennifer Mason who will be on hand to talk about how what being featured on the series has meant to her and others living with MS.  Tickets for the luncheon are available at www.msupstateny.org or by calling 585-271-0805, ext. 5347.   

Women are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.  The National MS Society’s Women on the Move Luncheon is an education and fundraising luncheon that creates an inspiring, motivational and empowering environment. The event creates a social environment for likeminded people to gather, learn about multiple sclerosis, and raise funds to help end MS.

While men are always welcome at the luncheons, the event was founded by women who wanted to come together in bringing us closer to a world free of MS. Two thirds of people living with MS are women, and women often are care providers. The MS Women on the Move Luncheon creates an opportunity to empower each other to create a better future for those living with MS.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the body. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with the disease. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.1 million worldwide.

About The National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter

Almost 12,000 people in Upstate New York are living with MS.  The National MS Society, Upstate New York Chapter offers a wide array of programs and services for people living with MS and their families throughout the year, and raises money to fund MS research.  

The chapter serves 50 counties of New York State.  Join the movement at www.msupstateny.org.