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Bureau County Multiple Sclerosis Organization is prepping for its fifth anniversary poinsettia fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 17. Bureau County MS Founder Brenda Ringenberg (left) with volunteers Hannah (center) and Jean Isaacson stand with a banner and hippopotamus cutout that has been placed on the lawn next to the Prouty Building in Princeton to advertise the event. NewsTribune photo/Goldie Currie
PRINCETON — The Bureau County Multiple Sclerosis Organization was founded five years ago to provide a local support group for those living with MS and to help better promote awareness.
Founder Brenda Ringenberg said at the time she felt Bureau County needed to have a local group for those needing the support. Although she knew about a group that met in Peru, she felt the distance was too far to travel.
“I could no longer drive and felt that Bureau County needed to have a group to play an active role in MS,” she said.
Today, the organization works with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Great Chapter in Chicago and Peoria and provides services for those diagnosed.
Throughout the years, they have hosted numerous fundraisers, including their annual Walk MS event.
Ringenberg said the walk was canceled this past year because of the abnormally hot weather. She said extreme heat affects the symptoms of MS.
Many may have noticed bright-colored hippopotamus cutouts that have popped-up around town before a fundraiser that read “Fight MS.”
“It’s our logo showing that we’re fighting MS and trying to raise awareness and advocacy for it,” Ringenberg said.
To celebrate the organization’s fifth anniversary this month, a poinsettia fundraiser will take place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Scrap That Moment, located at 524 S. Main St., Princeton.
Anyone is invited to attended and make orders for the holidays. Door prizes and refreshments will be available. Plants will be ready for pick-up on Sat., Dec. 1 at Scrap That Moment. For more information email email@example.com.
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