Bulbs for Building a Better Future

The holiday season is coming and the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) is selling amaryllis bulbs as gifts for various occasions. When you purchase an amaryllis kit you help support the fight against Huntington’s Disease (HD), an inherited, degenerative brain disorder that results in the progressive loss of body and mind. As yet there is no cure. However, current research shows progress.

As a part of its public awareness program HDSA kicked off its annual amaryllis campaign at a private party in Lakewood. Informative invitations were produced by October-Design, courtesy of Jeffery Weber, active HDSA member and Lakewood resident. The event attracted fifty northeast Ohioans from both the east and west sides of Cleveland who came together for a good cause. The following incomplete listing showcases HDSA’s link of supporters from all parts of NE Ohio. Not all attendees could be listed here.

Event Chairperson, Nicole Visconsi Mawby of Mayfield HeightsCommittee chairs, Lakewoodites Eva Weissman and William FlynnMaster of Ceremonies, Past Chapter President, David E. Waltermire of Richmond HeightsNational HDSA Trustee and Immediate Past Chapter President, Donald L. Barr of ChesterlandSpeaker, Mary Wheeler of Chagrin FallsFormer Amaryllis Campaign Chairperson, Dr. Marion Good of LakewoodSpecial guest, Barbara Kaiser of TwinsburgExecutive Director of Cleveland's Advertising Federation in Rocky River, Richard SquireChapter President and Chairman of the Family Service Committee, Wesley G. Johnston of Cuyahoga Falls(Missing was Dr. Alan Tartakoff, CWRU Professor and Director of the Cell Biology Program in the School of Medicine, also a former Chapter President. He was in Europe at a scientific conference.)

Eva Weissman stated that all present are considered VIPs of the Huntington's Disease Society of America. She explained that HD research sheds light also on other neurological diseases, like Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Lou Gehrig's Disease, and that campaign proceeds will be used right here in northeast Ohio. Richard Squire invited Eva Weissman to speak about the amaryllis campaign at its November meeting.
Wesley G. Johnston closed the gathering by describing the importance of the amaryllis campaign as a way of bringing a positive attitude to fighting Huntington's Disease and by selling flowers that bring joy on dreary winter days. Lisa Schwan of Liggett Stasover volunteered as sales manager and cashier. We’ve already received many orders, large and small. Please keep the coming!

Each amaryllis kit contains a large bulb, decorative pot, growing mix and planting instructions. The costs is only $10. All kits are packaged in an attractive box showing the flower's color: red, white, pink or red/white. A case of 16 individual kits for $160 can be shipped directly to your door. Individual kits can be obtained by special arrangements. Don't delay, call in your order today. Telephone (216)226-6633 or (440)423-HDSA. Web address: lkwpl.org/hdsa.

Note: Chapter Board member Linda Smythe (Shaker Heights), Karen Rechenbach (Westlake) and Margie Rowe (Olmsted Township) also attended the amaryllis party. They received kudos for having directed the Chapter's recent large income benefit at the Cleveland Playhouse. It was overheard that all three sat together, and have already begun planning the 2008 Chapter social fundraiser? Stay tuned!
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Volume 3, Issue 23, Posted 10:07 AM, 11.09.2007