The National Multiple Sclerosis Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world, and providing programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move forward with their lives. In 2011 alone, the Society devoted $164 million to programs and services that assisted more than one million people. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $40 million to support more than 325 new and ongoing research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS.
Upcoming North Florida Events
Do It Yourself Fundraising
Use your talents and interests to raise awareness and fund for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society! There are endless ways to get involved. Host a fundraising event, start a grassroots fundraising campaign with email or take on a personal challenge of your choice!
Bike MS: PGA Tour Cycle to the Shore
This two day event will be held on September 28-29th, 2013 and go from St. Augustine to Daytona Beach on Saturday and return on Sunday. This fully stocked ride will take cyclists along scenic back roads and the beautiful Florida Coastline.
MuckFest MS Jacksonville
At MuckFest MS, we like it dirty. So dirty in fact, that our runners are called muckers. MuckFest MS is so much more than an obstacle course with mud. The five-mile course features a gauntlet of muck-filled mazes, pits and craters with over twenty gigantic steel obstacles - obstacles that spin, swing and fling runners up, down and sidewise through the course. The National MS Society uses the funds raised through MuckFest MS to fuel cutting-edge MS research and to provide vital programs and services for people affected by MS.
By participating in Walk MS you will know that you have shared a remarkable experience with over 250,000 participants who have also walked in more than 600 cities nationwide. More importantly, you will be making difference in the lives of the people affected by MS in the North Florida area by raising essential funds for research and local programs and services.
Challenge Walk MS
Join us for the Challenge Walk MS. Walk 50 miles over three days to help create a world free of MS. The walk will challenge you, the experience will change you!
On The Move Luncheon
This luncheon features tables hosted by men and women interested in seeing an end to this devastating disease. Attendees will be asked to make a donation at the conclusion of the program. The lunch program will include information about multiple sclerosis and how the National MS Society serves those living with the disease in North Florida.
For more information about our events please visit our fundraising events page.
North Florida Programs & Services
Chapter Programs are held for people with MS, their loved ones, health care professionals, and more.
Affordable Accessible Housing
Affordable accessible housing is often a cortical element in enabling people with MS to preserve their independence and remain engaged in their communities. However, learning about available housing options can be challenging. Whether seeking to renegotiate a mortgage, arrange home modifications, apply for rental vouchers, or explore affordable assisted living, navigating the maze of agencies and funding sources supporting these alternatives and services can be daunting. To make this process easier, the National MS Society has developed a user-friendly guide to help families evaluate their housing needs and better understand the range of housing options available to them.
Researchers at Gainesville VA Medical Center and the National MS Society, North Florida Chapter invite you to participate in a research study that compares two different group education programs for people with MS. The purpose is to see which program is better at helping improve quality of life and MS symptoms. Both programs are from the National MS Society.
If you qualify, participation includes 10 study visits over an 11 month Period:
- 1 baseline visit
- 6 two-hour group class sessions
- 3 data collection visits
You will be compensated for your time and travel. If you are traveling within a 30-mile radius, you will be compensated up to $550. For more information, please contact Toni Chiara at 352-376-1611 ext. 4954.
Disclosure Decisions in the Workplace
When you're diagnosed with MS, it is up to you whether or not to disclose your diagnosis to co-workers and your employer. Legally, you're not required to reveal this information. You can access an online tool to help you with employment disclosure decisions at www.nationalmssociety.org/disclosuredecisions.
Why You Should Get on and Stay on MS Drug Therapy
Scientific evidence shows that these therapies have the ability to decrease the number of attacks a person with relapsing MS would expect to have over time. As a result, these medications are thought to slow down the development of MS disability. Click here to learn more.
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