The families who attended Symposium '98 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, will remember the Personal Perspective Panel. The young adults on the panel answered questions from the audience. Jaime Ness from Wisconsin, Michael Woorman from Maryland and Sharlene Balinsky from Montreal, Quebec were all on that panel. Now their lives have taken on a new dimension.


On Saturday, February 26, 2000, Jaime married Brian Hamilton at the Lodi United Methodist Church in Lodi, Wisconsin. Jaime is 22 and has classic MSUD. She is the daughter of Christine and James Ness from Lodi, Wisconsin. Brian is the son of Karen & William Hamilton from Columbus, Wisconsin.

Brian and Jaime had five attending couples (including her sister Vikki, and Brian's twin brother Brice and his sister Bobbie). Jaime's mother, Christine, reports: "The weather was very unusual and warm for February with a thunderstorm about one hour before the wedding, and temperatures in the low 60's. The weather was one of the biggest stresses for planning, because we could have had rain, sleet, snow or a blizzard with very cold temps. So God was smiling on Jaime's special day and allowed her to have beautiful weather with no worries of bad roads."

One unforgettable event of the day was when their limousine driver was arrested by the police on the way from the church to their reception in Waunakee. The photographer following them took over driving the limousine while his wife got all the action on video. But the police had arrested the wrong driver! So the limousine company offered Brian and Jaime another opportunity to use their service for any special event at no cost.

Christine says the couple may consider a limousine ride in June to bring a newborn baby home from the hospital. Jaime is expecting to deliver a baby around the middle of June. She is disappointed that she will not be able to attend Symposium 2000. But the disappointment is overshadowed by her anticipation of becoming a mother. The pregnancy has not been easy, but all seems to be well as of the middle of May. Jaime is eager to share her experience with the other families. There will probably be news to announce at the Symposium. Pray that all will go well for Jaime and the baby.

NOTE: Jaime gave birth to a healthy baby girl on June 19th. Mother and daughter are fine.


Sharlene Balinsky and Michael Woorman, both 25 years old, first met in 1988 at the Symposium in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They corresponded and kept in touch over the years until they once again met in Pennsylvania, at the 1998 symposium and have been together ever since. On Valentines day l999, Michael proposed, and they became engaged. On April 2, 2000, they tied the knot in a traditional ceremony at the Shaar Hashomayim synagogue in Montreal.

Sharlene has classic MSUD and Michael has a variant type of MSUD. We believe they are the first couple with MSUD to marry.

The couple resides in Maryland where Michael works as a consultant and salesman in a carpet shop. Sharlene continues to work with preschoolers.


The MSUD Family Support Group is currently funding several research projects and we are proactively looking for researchers interested in developing new treatments or finding a cure for MSUD. Significant funding is necessary if we are to accomplish this goal.
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