Nov. 3, 2002 – Nov. 3, 2002 – Although he had hoped for a different diagnosis, Jerry Snyder found out this past week that he does have multiple sclerosis.
Snyder went to Florida on Oct. 21 for further testing after having been diagnosed with MS earlier this year, a diagnosis he had not fully accepted because he felt his symptoms were inconsistent with those of the disease.
While the tests in Florida have confirmed the diagnosis, Snyder is hopeful for his immediate future. "They have me on medication now which the doctor said should bring dramatic results," he said by telephone from Florida on Friday.
Snyder, who has been staying with his mother in Fort Lauderdale while undergoing the testing, said he is anxious to get back to St. Thomas, his home of 25 years, and to his houseful of pets. He has spent the last 17 years as host at Alexander's Café in Frenchtown. With the medication he is currently on, he said, he hopes to be back on his feet soon.
The prognosis in the long run, however, is severe and costly. He has been diagnosed with "acute, progressive" MS, the worst of the four types of the disease, he said. His future medication may cost $10,000 a year.
Snyder told the Source that he wants to thank everybody for the benefit held on his behalf in Frenchtown on Oct. 26. (See "A 'beer hall' benefit for one of their own".) The benefit and the tickets sold so far for a raffle have raised about $3,000.
The raffle drawing is set for Nov. 15 at Alexander's Café, and tickets still are being sold. They are available at Alexander's for $10 apiece or 12 for $100. Prizes include gift certificates from five Frenchtown restaurants: Alexander's, Epernay, Hook Line and Sinker and Tuscan Grill. Craig and Sally's restaurant is offering a $100 dinner for two with a bottle of fine wine thrown in. Other prizes are round-trip travel on United Airlines, massages by Sandy Schell, a two-night stay at the Crystal Palace on St. Thomas and magnums of Merlot wine and Moet et Chandon champagne.
Prizes are still coming in, and more are welcome. For information on making donations, call Alexander's at 774-4349.

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