Gloria and Emilio Estefan step up for hoped-for MS cure

Gloria Estefan was 14 when her father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. So she and her sister stepped in as caregivers. They had to.

“We tried to be a support system for Mom,” working for teaching credentials to support her family. “There were no medications at the time, so he went downhill fast. Music was my escape,” Estefan said to accept the Hope Award with her husband Emilio at the 38th National MS Society Gala Luncheon virtual fundraiser.

“Fortunately now we have options, but it’s tough on the families and the patient,” she said at the informal virtual interview award presentation. “Information is key. And so is having an organization to help them and other families who have been through this. Hope is on the horizon. Stay strong. Stay positive.”

WPTV’s Jay Cashmere introduced the honorees as a “power couple,” in the music industry. Their familiar Latin beat songs were the backdrop for the hour-long virtual fundraiser that highlighted how far MS treatment has come. And a cure that could be in sight.

“We’re encouraged, but it takes unlimited capital for those who will continue the research,” said Fred Rothman, a fundraiser who appeared with his daughter Allie, diagnosed as a teenager. Together they kept track of donations that surpassed the $400,000 goal. The event also included a silent auction.

“We can be the generation that ends this for good,” said Robin Hicks Nunley, mid and south Florida society president.

Boca West Country Club was cited as the home of this annual luncheon under normal circumstances. Estefan’s friend and Coral Gables couture designer Mayda Cisneros had a video fashion show during the event.

Here’s a link to the event on YouTube:

By Marci Shatzman


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