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Gates-Chili Post
  • Making a difference the 'Totally Awesome' way

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  • Volunteers with the National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter gathered in Chili at the home of Deb Brewer on Saturday, October 5, to provide assistance with house work as a part of the Chapter’s annual MS Service Day.
    Brewer, who is living with multiple sclerosis, was selected to receive this help after applying and explaining how she would benefit from the assistance.
    A group of volunteers that has participated with MS Service Day for the past four years named their team “Totally Awesome” and showed up at Brewer’s home on Saturday to make a “totally awesome” difference. The team immediately got to work on various projects such as organizing tools, cleaning the gutters, and vacuuming.
    Due to the often debilitating nature of the disease, these household tasks can be nearly impossible for someone with MS.
    “They did so many things I could not do for myself,” Brewer said. “This was my second year having a group here. Both years were absolutely fantastic."
    Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system that is unpredictable and often disabling. It interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body.
    In the 50 counties covered by the Upstate New York chapter, there are over 12,800 people living with MS.
    “They did unbelievable amounts of work for me, things on a list I just could never get to because they were too overwhelming,” Brewer said. “The volunteers were polite and friendly and we had fun, they were a big help. My son even joined us and we all sat and had lunch together.”
    Brewer’s to-do list is now a lot shorter, and that’s “just totally awesome!”
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