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National MS Society statement concerning the Boston Marathon

April 16, 2013

The National MS Society’s thoughts and sympathies are with all of the individuals and families affected by the tragic events surrounding the Boston Marathon. We want to thank all of the first responders and community members who have helped everyone impacted by yesterday’s events and continue to do so. We are also grateful to the countless MS Society staff and volunteers who were on the course yesterday supporting the Society’s Marathon Strides Against MS team running to raise awareness and funds for MS. We have accounted for all MS Society staff, volunteers, and all of our team’s participants. We are thankful to report they are all safe.

As an organization that puts on hundreds of events annually we want to assure our participants that safety remains our top priority and a comprehensive safety plan is in place at all Society events. We will, however, be taking extra measures for upcoming events across the country and are currently working with local authorities to determine what extra safety precautions are recommended. We intend to move forward with upcoming events and will continue to communicate with our event participants in the coming weeks. We also respect each individual’s choice about participation and thank everyone for their continuing commitment to people with MS and to helping us move closer to a world free of MS.

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 2.3 million people worldwide.

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