In 1945, seeking help for her brother who had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), Sylvia Lawry placed a tiny classified ad in the New York Times that read: “Multiple Sclerosis. Will anyone recovered from it please communicate with patient.” While no one came forth with a treatment, many did respond with a strong desire to help make a difference. And so, one year later, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society was born.
Today, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is comprised of a nationwide network of chapters and divisions that help over a third of a million Americans courageously face the daily challenges imposed by MS, a life-long disease of the central nervous system. Locally, the Long Island Chapter—headquartered in Melville, serves more than 42,000 people with MS and their families throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. Money raised is used to support not only research studies conducted by top-notch scientists around the world, but also a comprehensive menu of local quality of life programs and services.
Offering more than 60 programs—including professional counseling and peer-facilitated support groups, educational programs and seminars, referrals to neurologists and healthcare professionals, national teleconferences and Internet programs, programs for the homebound, and social and recreation programs—the Long Island Chapter is empowering people with MS and their families to lead productive and fulfilling lives.
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday
Long Island Chapter
40 Marcus Drive, Suite 100
Melville, NY 11747
516.740.7227 or 631.864.8337