Western welcomes Ann and Mitt Romney to Robarts’ Leaders in Innovation Dinner

When Ann Romney was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1998, she described it like facing a monster – one that she was determined to fight. The former First Lady of Massachusetts has since become a champion for those fighting the disease and has volunteered much of her time to raise awareness for MS.

On November 15, 2017, Ann Romney and her husband, the honorable Mitt Romney, will join scientists, researchers and community members for the 2017 Leaders in Innovation Dinner hosted by Western University’s Robarts Research Institute. This year’s dinner celebrates research excellence in the field of MS.

Mitt Romney was the 2012 Republican nominee for President of the United States and served as the Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. Last year, the Romneys launched the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. By raising the profile of MS, as well as raising funds for advocacy and research, the Romneys are determined to make a difference in the lives of people who suffer from the disease.

As part of the 2017 Leaders in Innovation Dinner, Ann and Mitt Romney will take part in an armchair discussion which will shed light on the their lives, careers and their journey with MS.

“We are very pleased to welcome Ann and Mitt Romney to London, Ontario,” said Marlys Koschinsky, Executive and Scientific Director at Robarts. “Their involvement in this year’s Leaders in Innovation Dinner will bring valuable perspectives to the importance of multiple sclerosis research and raising awareness of this disease.”

The Leaders in Innovation Dinner takes place on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at the London Convention Centre in London, Ontario. Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Heather Hiscox, Anchor, CBC News Network. Tickets are $250 per person or $2,000 for a table of eight. Tickets can be purchased online at www.robarts.ca/leaders-innovation.

Join the conversation, use the event hashtag #LeadInnovation

MEDIA CONTACT: Crystal Mackay, Media Relations Officer, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, t. 519.661.2111 ext. 80387, c. 519.933.5944, crystal.mackay@schulich.uwo.ca @CrystalMackay

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