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Awareness - Every Connection Counts

We are unwavering in our commitment to be at the forefront of building awareness for multiple sclerosis and everyone affected by it. The disease and the MS movement — those engaged in addressing the challenges of MS today while moving toward long-term solutions for tomorrow — become better known each year, but more must be done.

Every connection counts when it comes to increasing awareness and support of our cause. Every individual we connect with personally, every letter we write to an elected official, every person in our Facebook network, every poster we put up, every dollar we raise, every video viewed — each connection has the opportunity to change the world for people affected by MS.

MS Awareness Week

MS Awareness Week 2014 was March 3 - 9 and people everywhere created connections stronger than the ones MS destroys. During this special week and all year, take action to help others learn more about MS and what they can do to make a difference.

2014 MS Awareness Week Recap

A recap of MS Awareness activities around the country during MS Awareness Week 2014.

Opportunities in your community

MS Activism at the National Capital Chapter

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 and Maryland Citizen Action Networks (VA and MD CAN) are collaborations 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 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 Washington DC Action Alert members raise awareness and advocate for policies and programs that will benefit people with MS and their families.
 

Share why you connect

Create your own connection image to share with your network and include in our gallery, then explore the gallery to learn about the connections that will help us end MS forever.

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Take action

Join an Event

From Walk MS to Bike MS, Challenge Walk, Muckfest, and DIY fundraising , there's an event for everyone. 

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Help others learn about multiple sclerosis

Helping others better understand this complex and unpredictable disease is a critical part of creating awareness and understanding about MS.
 
You can view and easily share the videos below, and many other videos available on the Society’s YouTube channel to help others better understand MS and the experience of living with the disease.

MS Connection PSA

Multiple sclerosis destroys connections. It disconnects the mind from the body and people from each other. Defy this disease with the very thing it seeks to destroy: connections. Every Connection Counts: why do you connect? www.MSconnection.org

MS Impacts Us All

Creating awareness is something each of us is committed to — and can act on today. By lending our individual voices, each and every one of us can lay the groundwork for the most viral MS awareness activity to date — by simply sharing.

NOW MS Research

More than 20,000 researchers go to work to create a world free of MS every day. We can stop the disease in its tracks, restore what's been lost, and end this disease forever. Our commitment to people with MS isn't to just get it done, but to do it NOW.

What Is MS?

This video shows what happens in the central nervous system when a person has multiple sclerosis.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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