At CSP's Leadership Events, our CARRE Foundation (Charitable Alliance of Restaurant and Retail Executives) plays a critical role in the attendee experience. CARRE Foundation's purpose is to provide leadership through charitable giving while building stronger relationships and bonds within our conference community. Primary support will be to other non-profit organizations, including, but not limited to, those that assist others suffering from disability, disease, illness, and other hardships, as well as organizations that promote the development of programs that extol the virtues of leadership.

At the 2013 Outlook Conference, CARRE will focus on Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), a disease that has affected the lives of two well-respected industry members—Rex Griswold of Nestle Waters North America and Tom Gillard, formerly of Tropicana, QTG and MetRx. CARRE would like to do as much as possible to help raise awareness and funding of this rare neurodegenerative disease. Click Here to Read Tom's story.

It is often difficult to diagnose MSA for a variety of reasons because it can often take years for key symptoms to develop and it has similar characteristics of other neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. Due to these difficulties, many patients with MSA will not receive a correct diagnosis. Thus, it is very difficult to pinpoint how many people are affected—recent estimates place the number between 25,000 and 100,000. People with MSA typically start showing symptoms between the ages of 50-60, with males being slightly more prone to the disease. About 3 out of every 100,000 people are diagnosed each year. For more information about MSA, you may visit www.shy-drager.org.

There is little funding or research related to MSA, and CARRE would like to change that. Our goal is to raise a minimum of $100,000. With your help, we’d like to put the need for MSA research "on the map," through the Outlook forum.

Every little bit helps, and you can make a significant difference! To provide financial support, donate silent auction items, or for other ways you can support MSA research, please contact Ryan Barlow at 480-337-3429 or by email at rbarlow@cspnet.com.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and participation. We are proud to be a part of an industry dedicated to supporting MSA. We look forward to seeing you in November!



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