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Heaping Helping of Hope at MS Luncheon


September 19, 2013
By Julie Montanaro

Men and women with Multiple Sclerosis got a heaping helping of hope today.

Hundreds of people gathered for the 15th annual "On the Move Luncheon" in Tallahassee.

Ronda Giangreco traveled all the way from Sonoma, California to share her story.

Giangreco says she was literally disabled by Multiple Sclerosis in 48 hours and doctors warned her she would not walk much longer.

Giangreco vowed to keep doing what she loved best ... cooking. So she invited guests to an Italian Feast at her home every Sunday for a year.

"It was a labor of love, and just gathering people around our table to share their stories and to share their troubles as well," Giangreco said, "and over food and wine and friends, you can solve a lot of problems."

Giangreco wrote a book about it called "The Gathering Table." She said seeing a book with her name on it in a bookstore window was a lifelong dream, but she never imagined this is how it would come true.

Giangreco coined a term she calls a "blurse.' It's a blessing and a curse, she said, and that is how she describes life with MS.

This is the 15th year for the On the Move luncheon. Over the years these gatherings have helped to raise $750,000 for the MS Society.

WCTV Anchor Julie Montanaro served as emcee at the luncheon again this year.


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