INDIANAPOLIS – The National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Indiana State Chapter honored Billie Childress, RN, BSN, CNRN, MSCN with its MS Superstar Nurse of the Year award at its Moving Forward event, held at the Hilton Indianapolis North Hotel on November 2. Childress, a nurse with Methodist Neuroscience Center in Northwest Indiana, was nominated for the award by a Hoosier living with MS for her dedication to the National MS Society and her unwavering desi¬¬¬re to realize a world free of MS.

“Billie Childress has supported the Society – and her MS patients – in a variety of ways,” said Chapter President, Leigh Ann Erickson. “She is a member of our Chapter’s Clinical Advisory Committee and was instrumental in Methodist Neuroscience’s achievement of the MS Partner in Care – Center for Comprehensive and Coordinated Care designation by the Society. In addition, she has captained a Walk MS team and helps facilitate a support group for people living with multiple sclerosis.”

In addition, “she has been there for years to answer questions and explain new meds,” said one of Childress’ patients living with multiple sclerosis in her nomination form.

The Indiana State Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society names a total of five MS Superstars statewide each year and announces the awards at its annual Moving Forward celebration. Other award winners included Dr. Heather Macklem of Elkhart Family Physicians in Elkhart, Ind., who won MS Superstar Physician of the Year. Marsh Supermarkets won MS Superstar Business Supporter of the Year; Pam Grimes of Terre Haute won MS Superstar Volunteer of the Year and Ivy Tech Community College – Region 14 in Bloomington won Employer of the Year.

About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and the body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects 2.1 million worldwide.