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Merrimack Valley

May 16, 2011

Golf tournament will raise money for MS research

METHUEN — The family of a city woman with multiple sclerosis will hold a golf tournament to help find a cure for the autoimmune disease.

The tournament — called Golfing "Fore" a Cure — is on June 11 at 2 p.m. at the Merrimack Valley Golf Club.

It costs $125 per person or $500 per team to enter, and the proceeds go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Kelli Acevedo, 26, was diagnosed with MS last June. She was admitted to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Brighton for five days of intense Solumedrol treatment. With the help of physical therapy and a weekly Avonex injection, she is now doing well, her mother said.

"She's back to her old self. She's doing great," said her mother, Nancy Reardon.

Acevedo works at Market Basket in North Andover. She wanted to raise money for MS research. The family is related to the Kattar family, who own Merrimack Valley Golf Club, so they figured they would have a golf tournament, Reardon said.

"I'm getting a great response," she said.

There will be prizes for golfers. Mrs. Massachusetts, Jennifer Hardy of Methuen, will be there to sell raffle tickets and meet and greet the golfers.

MS is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. In the United States today, there are about 400,000 people with MS, with 200 more people diagnosed every week, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

People can sign up for the golf tournament by calling Reardon at 978-689-4628 or 978-973-9159.

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