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Become an MS Activist


Each of us has a story that can help increase awareness about MS, educate public officials, and drive change. Our collective voice is a powerful force, moving us toward a world free of MS.

The National Capital Chapter represents more than 6,500 people living with MS in the Northern Virginia, Southern Maryland, and Washington, D.C., area.

  • The Virginia Citizen Action Network (VA CAN) is a collaboration of individuals who want to do something about MS now. The VA CAN is led by the Virginia chapters of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Blue Ridge, Central and Eastern Virginia, and National Capital), and represents more than 10,000 people living with MS throughout the state.

  • The Maryland Citizen Action Network (MD CAN) is led by the two Maryland chapters of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and represents more than 9,500 people with MS living throughout the state.

  • The Government Relations Committee (GRC) in each state is a small contingent of these groups. The GRC is a group of active and dedicated volunteers who maintain contact with their legislators year-round and set the policy platforms in these areas.

  • Active volunteers in the District of Columbia serve as Ward Activists and assist with local advocacy efforts throughout D.C. These Ward Activists help to meet the needs of more than 1,000 people living with MS in D.C.

By engaging legislators on both sides of the political aisle, the VA CAN, MD CAN, and D.C. Action Alert members raise awareness and advocate for policies and programs that will benefit people with MS and their families.

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Become a District Activist Leader

Have you met with your elected official and shared how MS affects you? Are you interested in growing this relationship to keep people with MS are front of mind as he or she considers legislation? Lead the way in your community by becoming a volunteer District Activist Leader.

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Join the MS Activist Network

Receive updates on federal, state and local policy impacting people affected by MS. Also, you'll receive an MS Action Alert when an issue or piece of legislation calls for your immediate attention; with a few clicks you can email your public officials about why a current issue is important to you.

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Meet Other Activists

Meet MS activists from all over the country. Learn how they got involved, what they're passionate about and how they drive change.

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