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CHC-NE Announces 2016 West Central
Region Chairs


Community Health Charities of Nebraska (CHC-NE) has announced the 2016 Partnership Campaign for Health Chairs for the West Central Nebraska region. Adrienne and Kent Redwine will lead efforts to achieve this year’s regional goal of raising $175,000 for 19 health charities through the donor-focused nonprofit organization, said Kari Hooker-Leep, Regional Director of CHC-NE.

Adrienne and Kent became involved with the National MS Society, Mid America Chapter, one of the 19 CHC-NE member charities, after Adrienne was diagnosed with MS at the age of 24 in 1994. “I went in for my annual check-up and mentioned that I had a tear-dropped shaped area on my arm that was numb and tingly. I was always tired and felt ‘lazy,’” Adrienne said. “That comment took me down a road I never expected to take. After multiple tests, lab draws and several months of unusual symptoms, I finally had a name for my symptoms: Multiple Sclerosis, remitting-relapsing.” 

In 1994, there were no disease modifying treatments available, Adrienne said. “My neurologist wished me well and told me he would do what he could to keep me comfortable as symptoms arose. He did tell me I had a choice to make: I could either lie down and let it win or I could go on with my life and hit the road bumps head on as they came. I chose the latter. I continued my nursing career full time.”

After her diagnosis, Kent and Adrienne both threw their energies into learning everything they could about Multiple Sclerosis. They followed all the latest research studies and the drug trials, Adrienne said. “The Multiple Sclerosis Society became a second lifeline to us. I had access to resources for education as well as support.”

The Redwines' journey has been a winding road of new opportunities. There have been road bumps and lessons in patience and humility, Adrienne said. “I was lucky enough to have my name in the lottery for the first disease-modifying drugs for MS: Betaseron. I had to wait months for my number to come up, only to find out I was allergic to the medication. This was devastating but we moved forward.”

Adrienne left her job as a floor nurse in a hospital and took a job with less time on her feet and the Redwines started their family. She also began talking to others newly diagnosed with MS. “I think this helped me more than I helped others as it was a way for me to come to terms with my situation,” she said.

It has been 24 years since Adrienne was diagnosed, and the Redwines continue to be involved with the MS Society and Community Health Charities of Nebraska. “I can say I live in a time where there is ample choice of treatment options for the kind of Multiple Sclerosis I have and there is a cure around the corner. The generous support shown to the Multiple Sclerosis Society has ensured that these advances continue and that someday I will be able to say, ‘I used to have MS.’”

Kent is the Vice President of Diamond Engineering and Adrienne is a Nurse Manager at the VHA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System. They have three children: Seth is a junior at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Alec and Adan are both freshmen at the University of Nebraska, Kearney.

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