CINCINNATI – Tipp City’s Charline Werts, an avid supporter of the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National MS Society, received Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) Joel Kahn Community Leadership Award.
Mike Gartner of P&G’s People with Disabilities affinity network praised Ms. Werts for her, “active leadership and involvement with the National MS Society.” Gartner said Werts is, “an avid fund raiser, walker and volunteer participating and organizing MS Walks and other various events and fundraisers.”
P&G’s corporate People with Disabilities affinity network launched a global recognition program to celebrate individuals, organizations, and brands that are making a difference for people with disabilities. A key part of this program is the Joel Kahn People with Disabilities Champion Awards for Outstanding Service in Developing a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce.
Mr. Kahn, a 37-year P&G veteran and dear friend to the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National MS Society lost his battle to Multiple Sclerosis in 2011. He was well-known as a force for change on disability related issues. Mr. Kahn spent significant time raising awareness and educating P&G on how to make the workplace more accessible to employees with disabilities.
As recipient of this award, Ms. Werts receives a $500 grant payable to the not-for-profit organization of her choice. Werts said, “In honor of Joel Kahn, having seen him several times at the MS banquets, I think this grant needs to go to the National MS Society, Ohio Valley Chapter. Thank you so much for this recognition.”
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and it stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. 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 2.5 million worldwide.
About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Ohio Valley Chapter
The Ohio Valley Chapter of the National MS Society, founded in 1952, serves more than 6,000 people with multiple sclerosis and their families in 24 Ohio counties and the three northern Kentucky counties of Boone, Kenton and Campbell. The organization is committed to ensuring that people living with MS across our chapter territory have the information and quality care they need to live healthy, productive and independent lives. To meet these needs, a variety of programs and services that span a spectrum of needs are provided.
To learn more about multiple sclerosis or the Ohio Valley Chapter, visit www.fightMStoday.org.