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Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week


Multiple sclerosis is a life altering disease that affects each person in a unique and different way.  MS divides minds from bodies, pulls people from their lives and away from one another. MS is a destroyer of connection. But it is possible to build connections that MS cannot destroy. Our connections raise questions, find answers, bring knowledge and provide hope to the millions of people affected by MS worldwide. Every connection we make is a small victory, and together, our small victories will create larger ones that will help end MS forever. Every connection counts. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society and those living with MS in Mississippi are connecting with people across the State during MS Awareness Week, March 11 – 17 to make their connections count. 


The Society is a prominent force in forging connections among people with MS, their friends and family who raise awareness and funds; health professionals who treat those with MS; and, researchers who work to stop the disease, restore the function it takes and end MS forever.  In less than two decades, this has helped move MS from being an untreatable disease to one where there are at least nine treatment options for those with relapsing MS, the most common form of the disease, with even more new therapies speeding through the pipeline offering hope to people with all forms of the disease.


This MS Awareness Week and beyond, find the power of connection and visit www.MSconnection.org.  Just some of the opportunities you will find are:


  • Local Events:
    • Tuesday, March 12, 2013
      MS Awareness Booth

      Sam's Club
      90 Bass Pro Drive
      Pearl, MS


    • Wednesday, March 13, 2013
      Wear Orange Wednesday! Be sure to wear orange on Wednesday to help raise multiple sclerosis awareness.


    • Thursday, March 14, 2013
      State Advocacy Day

      12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
      Mississippi State Capitol
      400 High Street
      Jackson, MS


    • Thursday, March 14, 2013
      Walk MS: Jackson Kick-Off Party

      5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
      CLC Conference Room, First Baptist Church Jackson
      431 North State Street
      Jackson, MS


  • Every Connection Counts - share your story and connect with others at www.MSconnection.org. You can learn more about MS, upload your own photo and connection to share with others, download tools to spread MS awareness, or register to participate in Walk MS or Bike MS or another event near you. Whether you volunteer, bike, walk, advocate, educate, or support – every connection you create moves us closer to a world free of MS and shows your commitment to the MS movement.  


  • MS Connection – an online community for making meaningful connections – when, where and how you want.  Visitors and members will learn about topics that are important to them, connect with others in the MS movement, find expert MS information and opinions at their fingertips, and join or start groups and discussions of their own.


  • Other Opportunities to Connect – You can build connections, view and share images, video, and stories about your connections on the Society's Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/nationalMSsociety.  If you tweet you can spread the word using the #MSconnection hash tag.


"People impacted by MS are connecting across the nation starting today to combine their efforts, knowledge and hope in order to move us closer to a world free of multiple sclerosis, " said Jan Bell, Alabama – Mississippi Chapter President.


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 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 at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 6500 individuals in Mississippi and Alabama, and more than 2.1 million people worldwide.


About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The National MS Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move forward with their lives. In 2012 alone, the Society invested $43 million to support 350 research projects around the world while providing programs and services that assisted more than one million people.  The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at www.nationalMSsociety.org.


About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Alabama – Mississippi Chapter

Established in 1950, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Alabama-Mississippi Chapter proudly serves over 6,500 people in Alabama and Mississippi affected by MS.  The Alabama-Mississippi Chapter provides many educational programs that help people who are touched by multiple sclerosis.  The Chapter also serves as an informational resource, providing materials to those who need information on symptoms, coping, communicating and assisting.  A key component of the Alabama-Mississippi Chapter is working to promote community awareness of this neurological disease, which affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.1 million worldwide.  Members of the National MS Society Chapter receive the Chapter's newsletter and mailings about programs, events and volunteer opportunities. Many of the programs and services are free or require nominal fees.


The Alabama-Mississippi Chapter remains focused on the mission of creating a world free of MS, with programs and funds generated from special events and generous gifts thanks to those who want to help accomplish the mission. 

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