MEN with MS ELEVATION CONFERENCE
On Saturday, September 10, 2016, approximately 40 men with MS gathered at Coors Field in its Super Suites Conference Room to hear keynote speaker and sportscaster, Chris Nettleton, who also lives with MS. The event also featured presentations by:
- Morgan L. Levy, MD – Psychologist and man living with MS
- Michael Rooney – Licensed Professional Counselor
- William Shaffer, MD – neurologist and man living with MS
- Thorsten Rudroff, PhD – Director of CSU’s Integrative Neurophysiology Laboratory
- Chris Werhane from Adaptive Adventures
- Laura Coyne of Can Do MS
- Complementary & Alternative Medicine
- Behavior and relationship strategies
- History of medical marijuana and patient experiences
- Existing scientific evidence of the benefits of medical marijuana and the importance of more cannabis research
Live music was provided by musician and composer, Jeff Deutsch. Jeff played his inspiring original compositions about multiple sclerosis including “We Need to Walk for a Cure” by Jeff Deutsch and “All in Me” by Jeff Deutsch and Ramon Martelle.
The conference wrapped up with a tour of Coors Field in areas not normally seen by the public including the locker room and photographs of the men on the playing field.
Special thanks to CO-WY Chapter of the NMSS, David Pflueger for fundraising $8,000, and Sanofi Genzyme for their generous sponsorship of this event. This event was spearheaded by the diligence of and hard work by David Pflueger and his event committee.
It is time for a new Men with MS event in the Rocky Mountains. Dave Pflueger, 2016 Men’s MS Event Chairman, [photo at right] along with a number of men with MS from several MS Men’s groups have begun planning an event.
The event’s working title is “MS Elevation Conference” and is addressing the impacts of MS on men who have multiple sclerosis and is scheduled for Saturday, September 10, 2016, at Coors Field, in Denver, Colorado.
The previous such event was held on September 29, 2012. It too, was sponsored by the CO-WY Chapter of the National MS Society. Its Denver MS Men’s Group planned what they called “Kicking at the Uprights: the Male MS Challenge.” The event had full capacity attendance and was held in the press room of Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (The home of the Denver Broncos.)
Renowned sports psychology consultant, Jack Llewellyn, PhD, was the 2012 event’s keynote speaker. Llewellyn gained national acclaim as an instrumental in turning around the 1991 season and career of Cy Young Award-winning pitcher, John Smoltz, of the Atlanta Braves. Llewellyn also has MS and helps people correctly focus on the right processes to reach goals, thrive on stress, and recover quickly from adversity in order to become top performers.
Please don’t assume “someone else will do it.” If you have expertise, time, enthusiasm, want to help, or want more information, contact the Colorado-Wyoming National Multiple Sclerosis Society by phoning (303) 698-7400 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org