Free conference on multiple sclerosis, building relationships to be held in Salt Lake City


Ryan Ren, a Salt Lake City resident with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), will speak as a patient advocate in a free conference geared toward raising awareness about MS as well as strengthening relationships through tough times.

MS is an unpredictable and often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the body. The physical symptoms of MS — loss of balance and coordination, slurred speech, extreme fatigue, problems with memory, and in some cases even paralysis — can make small, everyday tasks difficult. Often the emotional challenges are just as debilitating and require support from family, friends and a professional care team.

The conference will feature the following:

  • An MS expert panel where a neurologist, people with MS and others will discuss MS treatment and answer questions.
  • Three different workshops led by experts on relationships, communication, technology and other topics.
  • An MS health fair where attendees will have the chance to explore local organizations, companies and support groups devoted to people living with MS.

The conference will be held on Saturday, March 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sheraton in Salt Lake City. Breakfast, lunch and free parking will be available for attendees. Registration and more information are available at

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