Television’s “Queen of Mean,” Revenge‘s Madeleine Stowe, recently opened up about her early memories of her father living with multiple sclerosis (MS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that, until today, does not have a known cure. However, thanks to the efforts of countless researchers and MS advocates, MS patients today have a wide range of treatments to choose from. One of these approved and highly promising treatments comes from Boston-based leader in biotechnology, Genzyme Corporation. Aubagio® (teriflunomide) is a once-daily, oral formulation indicated for relapsing forms of MS, and is the flagship medication for the inspiring campaign, “Lights, Camera, Take Action on MS,” of which Stowe is serving as the spokesperson.
Stowe shares that her father was diagnosed when she was only a child, and could not understand the nature of the disease. Her father lived for another 20 years, but fought through a time when there was not a single approved treatment for his condition. His disease, like many others at that time, was full-blown and made it difficult for his family to watch his mobility and independence rapidly decline.
To spread awareness and educate people on MS, as well as empower them to take control of their disease during these times of rapid scientific discovery and advancement, Stowe will be hosting Live Events under the campaign in several cities across the country:
- Chicago, Illinois on December 6, 2014, with live web streaming
- Orlando, Florida on January 24, 2015, with live web streaming
- Houston, Texas on February 7, 2015
Joining her is Teri Evitts, a working mother living with MS. She was diagnosed 15 years ago, when she was just 21 years old and graduating college. She was first treated with injectables, but soon had to give it up when she decided she had to focus on caring for her son, as his needs would only cause her to miss doses. Two years later, her condition relapsed, but she was relieved to discover Aubagio as it offered her a more convenient form of treatment that conforms with the demands of her daily life. In fact, she is currently training for a half marathon, scheduled on the anniversary of her MS diagnosis.
The whole team behind Lights, Camera, Take Action on MS is encouraging individuals with MS and their caretakers to log on to TakeActionMS.com and share their inspiring stories of overcoming the boundaries of this disease.