Luncheon honors champions fighting M.S.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The great eight champions in the fight against multiple sclerosis were applauded Friday.

Six individuals and two groups who have volunteered to fight the disabling neurological disease were honored at the annual Champions on the Move luncheon at the Buffalo Marriott.

Western New York has a very high rate of multiple sclerosis and the National M.S. Society supports research and patient aid.

Maria Batt said, “While raising funds for M.S. research and programs and services that we offer, it also allows us to shine a spotlight on people in our community who are through their philanthropy, activism and volunteerism are making a huge difference in the lives of those living with M.S.”

Among the honorees Friday was Rich Warden, former stock car driver, and computer professional living with M.S. He received the Anne Schuell Inspiration Award for his continuing efforts to help others with M.S.

News 4’s Jacquie Walker was honored to serve as emcee for the luncheon. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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