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.
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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.
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