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First UK charity dedicated to HSCT treatment for MS is set to launch

AIMS, the UK’s first charity with a focus on Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT) for multiple sclerosis (MS) and autoimmune disease, is set to launch on the 24 November with a black tie gala dinner.

The charity has been preparing for its official launch for several months after achieving charity status in April 2018. The gala dinner, taking place at the Holte Suite, Villa Park, Birmingham, will officially launch the charity with a night of food and entertainment, showcasing British talent in the form of comedians, magicians and live music. 

Many members of this charity’s Facebook group who have had HSCT treatment around the world will be in attendance on the night, and both Clincia Ruiz and London Bridge, who practice the treatment, will be represented at the event. Dr Ruiz from Clinica Ruiz in Mexico will be attending in person, along with his son Rodrigo, Pharmacy Director; Vincente Del Arenal, Outpatient Manager and George Goss, who is also part of the Ruiz collective.

Money raised at the event will be used to provide emotional, practical and financial aid to people in the UK living with MS. Specifically, AIMS will use funds raised to spread awareness of HSCT, and to provide financial support to British citizens who have been approved for treatment in the UK and overseas.

Chairman of the AIMS Board of Trustees, Paddy McCormack said: “We are delighted to be hosting our inaugural event at Villa Park – as a central UK venue it is ideal to enable AIMS supporters from across the British Isles to join us to celebrate the launch of this unique charity. MS is a degenerative condition and, until recently, treatment has been aimed at slowing progression. However, over the last two decades, treatment in the form of a HSCT has been shown to halt progression entirely in many. Although HSCT is available to some people with MS on the NHS, it is not available to everyone with the condition, and is exceptionally expensive privately. Therefore, the work AIMS will be doing is crucial in terms of helping more people to access HSCT.”

Tickets for the event can be purchased via Eventbrite, with discounts on tables of 8 and 10.

Source: MS-UK 03/10/18

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