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6/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
MS group patterned after Cops for Cancer

How to help:
Illinois Valley Legions Against Lesions’ first fundraiser is a raffle for a four-night, five-day trip to a two-bedroom condo in Tierra Verde, Fla., with a $500 Visa gift card for travel expenses. Second prize is $100 and third prize is $50.

Raffle tickets cost $5 and are available at Big Boys Tires in La Salle, Peru Eagles club, Beau Dawgs and DJ’s Carpet Outlet, all in Peru.

For more information or tickets, call Jacci Pavy at (815) 220-0983, Steve Pavy at (815) 830-4755 or Pam Kruswicki at (815) 252-9466.

Winning tickets will be drawn July 4.

Winners will be posted on the Illinois Valley Legions Against Lesions Facebook page.

Matthew Baker
Staff Writer

A new group is forming to help local people who are suffering from multiple sclerosis.
Founded by sisters Jacci Pavy and Pam Kruswicki, Illinois Valley Legion Against Lesions seeks to put money directly into the hands of those in need.

“We want to be able to help other people,” said Pavy, who was diagnosed with MS 2½ years ago.

The sisters modeled their new organizations on Cops4Cancer, which has been directly disbursing donated money and gifts to local families suffering from cancer through an application process overseen by the nonprofit organization since 2011.

“This is where we live …people want to help people who are local,” Kruswicki said.
Pavy, whose daughter also was recently diagnosed with MS, said she had first reached out to the National MS Society and found it doesn’t have programs to give donations to individuals. And, the organizations connected to the society that do provide donations, don’t operate locally.

Since each person with MS tends to have unique symptoms, the problems associated with the disease can range greatly. The sisters foresee their efforts as a way to help people with MS receive financial assistance for needs ranging from medication and tests to gas and groceries.

“When you’re dealing with (MS) and you’re dealing with all these bills coming in and (if you have) insurance or not you still have to pay for this stuff,” Kruswicki said.

IV Legions Against Lesions — the name refers to the lesions in the central nervous system caused by MS —currently is going through the process to be recognized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Once they pay for the costs of registering the organization, Kruswicki said they will put 100 percent of the donations they receive toward disbursements to local people.

“MS is thought to affect more than 2.1 million people worldwide,” according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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