Connect During MS Awareness Week, March 3-9
February 3, 2014
(HARTLAND, WISCONSIN) –Multiple sclerosis is a life altering disease that affects each person in a unique and different way by destroying connections in the brain and between the brain and the body. Therefore, it’s fitting that connections would be the best source of information and inspiration to help people living with MS.
That’s why the National MS Society is asking those touched in any way by MS to make every connection count during MS Awareness Week, March 3-9, 2014. That includes the more than 10,000 children, women and men in Wisconsin who have been diagnosed as well as their friends and family, the health professionals who treat those with MS and researchers who are working on ways to better treat and eventually cure the disease.
Every Connection Counts
There are five easy ways people can get involved during MS Awareness Week:
Register to participate in Walk MS, Bike MS: Best Dam Bike Ride, Challenge Walk MS or other events in Wisconsin that raise money for MS-related research, programs and services.
Attend the MS Summit on March 15 in Pewaukee, Wis., a day of education and networking with experts in the MS field. (It’s free to attend with prior registration.)
“Make a Mark for MS” with Wisconsin’s tax check-off program, which allows everyone to donate to select causes directly through their state income tax form. Every dollar donated for multiple sclerosis stays in Wisconsin to help someone diagnosed with MS maintain their independence (although the Society may be cut from the program if contributions don’t increase going forward).The Wisconsin Chapter is asking everyone to participate this year by giving even as little as $10.
Share your story and connect with others at www.MSconnection.org to learn more about MS, upload your own photo and connection to share with others, and download tools to spread MS awareness.
View and share MS-related images, video and stories about your connections on the Society’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/nationalMSsociety) and tweet about your connection to the disease using the #MSconnection hash tag.
About the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Wisconsin Chapter serves more than 11,000 children, women and men diagnosed with MS, and those who love and care for them. The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. In 2014, the Society invested $50.6 million to advance more than 380 research projects around the world in order to stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. Through its comprehensive nation-wide network of programs and services, it also helped more than one million people affected by MS connect to the people, information and resources needed to live their best lives.
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.