MS Sufferer Organizing Disease Research Fundraisers

A number of area fundraisers are being held to support the nonprofit Operation Shooting Star, which was founded by a Multiple Sclerosis sufferer to research cures for autoimmune diseases.

The Operation Shooting Star Bazaar will be held on May 7, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of “4 The Shore Furnishings” at the Williamsville Industrial Park, which is located on Lighthouse Road. The rain date will be May 8.

The second event, Fishing for a Cure Tournament, will be held at Records and Chipman Ponds in Laurel, Del., on June 4, from 6 a.m. to 4p.m. Active fishing will take place between 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is a $40 entry fee per angler and a $10 fee for a 50/50 lunker entry. The top ten anglers will be awarded prizes. Rules and entry forms are available at your local bait and tackle store or by calling 302-344-6434 or 302-542-9034. The rain date will be June 5.

After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2009, Audrey Fisher Killen volunteered for numerous organizations to fund research for a cure. Killen’s father had also been afflicted with Rheumatoid Arthritis for several years, which is an autoimmunity disease like Multiple Sclerosis, in which the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy body tissue. Killen became frustrated that only a small percentage of the money she raised for other groups was donated straight to research, so she created Operation Shooting Star to research prevention of that trigger and aid all such diseases.

There are an estimated 24 million people suffering from over 80 different autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, type 1 diabetes and psoriasis.

For more information about Operation Shooting Star and any upcoming events please visit www.operationshootingstar.org or www.facebook.com/operationshootingstar. Any e-mail inquiries may be sent to cure@operationshootingstar.org.