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West Hartford Woman Honored As Outstanding Leadership Volunteer

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — Rhoda Steinberg received the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter Outstanding Leadership Volunteer award recently at the chapter’s Awards Ceremony and Annual Meeting at the Hartford Marriott Rocky Hill.

Since 2003 Steinberg — a West Hartford, Conn., resident — has been dedicated to helping end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis by volunteering for the chapter and serving on the Women Against Multiple Sclerosis Luncheon Hartford (WAMS) steering committee.

"The cause is very important to me," said Steinberg. "Working with WAMS, I have been able to work with people who are enthusiastic, positive and helpful. It is an amazing experience to be involved with and it is something I truly enjoy — especially because it allows me to help others."

Rhoda SteinbergSteinberg works closely with the Connecticut Chapter by soliciting sponsorships, ads and raffle prizes for WAMS. She does whatever she can to spread awareness about MS and help raise funds to find a cure. Steinberg raised a total of $9,836 for this year’s luncheon.

The funds Steinberg raised will help benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter to ensure ongoing research to find better treatments and a cure, plus provide for vital programs and services offered by the chapter to those in the state living with multiple sclerosis.

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents who live with multiple sclerosis, a chronic and often disabling disease of the central nervous system. There currently is no cure. Symptoms can include, among other things, numbness in the limbs, difficulties with vision and speech, stiffness and, in some more severe cases, total paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot be predicted.

Chapter president Lisa Gerrol handed out 17 awards at the annual meeting, March 2. Joyce Nelson, president and CEO of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, gave the keynote speech.

For more information on multiple sclerosis, the chapter, its efforts to end the devastating effects of the disease and the many ways to help, please go to


CUTLINE: Rhoda Steinberg is honored for her Excellence in Volunteerism at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter Awards Ceremony and Annual Meeting Sunday, March 2. Pictured are, left to right, Joyce Nelson, president and chief executive officer of the National MS Society; Rhoda Steinberg; Lisa Gerrol, president and chief professional officer, Connecticut Chapter; and Mike Stacy, master of ceremonies, Connecticut Chapter board of trustees member and morning show host at WRCH Lite 100.5 FM.


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