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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 2015

MS Awareness Week 2015 took place March 2-8, creating excitement and galvanizing the MS movement to have even more impact in the coming year! Most important, the activities helped ensure that everyone affected by MS had a platform to be heard – to share their stories and connect with others who share the same passion – and opportunities to take action. Below are just a few of the highlights from MS Awareness Week…

The Power of the MS Community

The MSconnection.org online community was again a focal point – both for people already engaged there and those not yet engaged. During this week alone, more than 33,000 visitors representing 133 countries visited the community and nearly 600 new members joined.

Making and Sharing Connections

Thousands of people created, shared and had conversations about personalized connection images that convey the diversity, determination and passion of their connection to the MS movement. See a few of our favorites in our Facebook album, or browse them all and create your own at MSconnection.org. You can share your own image with your network on social media.

Media Coverage

During MS Awareness Week we garnered highly visible media coverage across the country, securing coverage in Times Square in New York City, on the TODAY show and hundreds of additional print, radio, television and online promotions and stories around the country to share the stories of the MS movement.

Social Media

Coordinated social media efforts leveraging the power and passion of people who care about MS resulted in a huge social media impact during MS Awareness Week. In just one week, three million people viewed MS-related posts and more than 25,000 people shared these posts with their own networks. More than a million people viewed videos shared on social media and 200,000 people engaged directly in the conversation on social media.

Ambassadors Creating Awareness

The MS movement received celebrity shout outs from personalities like Alessandra Ambrosio, Courtney Galiano, Shemar Moore, Julie Roberts, Lauren Bedford Roberts, Robin Roberts and Noah “40” Shebib – all of whom extended awareness through their networks. Hundreds of other influential individuals – from sports stars to media personalities to online bloggers – in communities around the country pitched in too!

Alessandro Ambrosio

Community Impact

A multitude of activities took place in hundreds of communities across the country during MS Awareness Week. Some of the most visible efforts included lighting up – in orange, of course – buildings and bridges in places like Cleveland, Chicago and Boston; live news coverage and other media coverage, social media campaigns supporting awareness activities; and lots of in-person community activities like programs for people with MS, Walks MS fundraising events, and other opportunities to educate and create awareness.

We relentlessly advocate every day to advance community and state policies and programs that impact the lives of people with MS.

As part of a nationwide grassroots organization that is building a movement to end MS, we rely on members and supporters to carry our message and participate in a variety of activities. We are creating a movement across the country, but we will only be as successful as the number of people who are engaged in our work and share our priorities.

It is challenging work, but the opportunities exceed the obstacles. We appreciate your efforts thus far, and encourage your support as we move closer to our goal of a world free of MS!

Thousands of people are getting involved. Many are individuals who live with MS. Some are friends and family members. And many simply recognize their passion and ability to make a difference.
 

For more information, contact the Advocacy Department at 800-344-4867.

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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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Opportunities in your community

For local opportunities to connect with others to raise awareness about MS, identify the area where you’d like to connect and find an opportunity that matches your passion.

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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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