Nearly 1,000 Participants To Climb 66 Floors To The Top of The Rock™ Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center® While Raising Critical Funds And Awarenes

NEW YORK, NY – The New York City – Southern New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will host Climb to the Top on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at 6:30 a.m. at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The event is expected to draw nearly 1,000 participants who will climb 66 flights of stairs to the Top of the Rock™ Observation Deck on the 69th floor of the famed NYC skyscraper and raise more than $700,000 toward a world free of MS.

DATE: Sunday, February 27, 2011
TIME: 6:00 to 10 a.m.
PLACE: Top of the Rock™ Observation Deck, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City
REGISTRATION: Visit http://www.climbMSnyc.org, call 212-463-9791 or e-mail climbms@msnyc.org.

2011 Climb to the Top Sponsors
Competitor Magazine, Crystal Geyser, D’Agostino, Financial Times, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, New York Sports Clubs, Oasis Day Spa, Pop Chips, Raw Revolution, Tishman Speyer, Top of the Rock™ Observation Deck.

About the New York City – Southern New York Chapter
The New York City – Southern New York Chapter of the National MS Society is committed to helping the 10,000 people living with multiple sclerosis in the five boroughs and Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange and Sullivan counties continue moving their lives forward. The chapter raises funds locally to support the Society’s critical research initiatives and to provide hundreds of comprehensive support services and educational programs for people living with MS, their family and friends. Visit http://www.MSnyc.org for more information.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t by helping each person address the challenges of living with MS. In 2009 alone, through its national office and 50 state network of chapters, the Society devoted more than $132 million to programs that enhanced more than one million lives. To move closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested nearly $36 million to support 375 research projects around the world.
Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. To learn about the options, individuals should talk to their health care professionals and contact the National MS Society at http://www.nationalMSsociety.org or 1-800-344-4867 (1-800-FIGHT-MS).

About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and it stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.5 million worldwide.

About Top of the Rock™
Situated in midtown Manhattan, Top of the Rock ™ provides visitors with an opportunity to appreciate the architecture of Rockefeller Center and its significance to the growth of New York City. Tishman Speyer, co-owners of Rockefeller Center, is committed to the preservation and restoration of Rockefeller Center, which is the site of numerous public exhibits and events, including annual installations of public art and live broadcast of sports championships. Each day an estimated 350,000 people walk through the Rockefeller Plaza complex, which is home to the world’s most famous Christmas Tree. Visit http://www.topoftherocknyc.com or http://www.rockefellercenter.com for more information.

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