A few years back when the Society asked individuals touched by MS where they wanted the organization to focus its efforts, without hesitation thousands from across the country said: “research.”
You spoke. We took action. And already we are seeing impressive results.
The Medical Director of New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine commented that the field of MS research “has seen the most dramatic therapeutic change in all of neurology, and perhaps all of medicine, for the last 15 years.” Indeed, in the last 20 years the number of FDA-approved therapies for MS has gone from zero to 10 – including three oral medications.
Importantly, the Society played a role in the development of all of them.
Today I’m asking you to contribute to ongoing advancements by giving to the Society’s research fundraising campaign.
Called NOW – which stands for No Opportunity Wasted – this unprecedented effort has a goal of raising $250 million by 2016. As you know, the Society funds more MS research than any other nonprofit in the world, and in just the last two years, our annual commitment has increased by an aggressive $117.8 million.
There is good reason for this urgency. And good reason for optimism.
Recent achievements made possible by your continuing contributions include:
- launching of the Society’s International Progressive MS Collaborative – the largest effort to date to speed research to stop progressive forms of the disease
- committing $2.5 million to support studies into the risk factors for the disease in children.
- new evidence that a specific molecule may be a biomarker to identifying people who are likely to progress to full-blown MS after a first attack. (In other words, one day a simple test may reliably predict the course and progression of MS.)
- clinical trials that are testing whether vitamin D, or the sex hormone estriol, or the probiotic approach of a sports drink containing parasite eggs, can reduce MS attacks. (Some of this Society-funded work has taken place in Wisconsin.)
An article in The Week Magazine noted that the Society is a leader in MS research and that its contributions should be celebrated. That’s particularly impressive when you consider that the large majority of the Society’s funding comes from people making contributions of less than $100 each.
Imagine future generations living without MS and remembering with gratitude the people at this time who gave everything they could, as often as they could, to make sure that no opportunity was wasted in pursuing the cure.
There are millions of reasons to support MS research with a contribution, but we all have at least one in common: a shared desire to see a world free of MS.
There are millions of reasons to support MS research; think about the one that matters most to you, and give all you can. Click here to make your online donation now, or call our office at 262-369-4400 to pledge your support by phone.
With sincere gratitude,
Colleen G. Kalt