Mar 05, 2012
Delaware - During MS Awareness Week, March 12-18, people all over Delaware and the country will come together to make connections and spread the word about MS, along with the need to find a cure. Throughout Delaware, MS advocates, local businesses, and people living with MS have planned a series of events to turn Delaware orange and help raise awareness about this unpredictable disease.
New This Year!
• Several buildings in Downtown Wilmington will light up orange throughout the week, including the Community Services Building and the Grand Opera House.
• The Delaware Chapter will launch a new MS Ambassador program, in which MS activists throughout the state will share online why they are involved with the cause to end MS.
• In a display of unity to find a cure, the public is encouraged to wear orange on March 14th.
Monday, March 12, 2012: Movement Demonstrations
To kick-off MS Awareness Week, MS activists and volunteers will participate in public movement events to symbolize that MS stops people from moving. Join in at one of the following locations:
7 am – 9 am: Outside of the Central YMCA on Delaware Ave
Noon - 1 pm: Outside of Ernest and Scott Taproom on the Market Street Mall
Sponsored by WSTW and Delaware Subaru
5 pm – 6 pm: Wilmington Train Station
March 14, 2012: MS Awareness Week Proclamation at Legislative Hall in Dover, DE
Learn more about the Delaware Chapter of the National MS Society and enjoy a light lunch and brief program at one of the following open houses:
Wednesday, March 14, 2012: 1 pm – 3pm (2 locations)
Newark Senior Center, 200 White Chapel Drive, Newark or
Georgetown Cheer Center, 20520 Sandhill Road, Georgetown
Friday, March 16, 2012: Noon - 2 pm
First Baptist Church of Dover, 301 Walker Road, Dover
Friday, March 16, 2012: Fill the Need Happy Hour – 5 pm – 7pm
Ernest and Scott Taproom on Market Street in Wilmington
Enjoy orange cocktails and bring a toiletry item to be donated to those living with MS in long-term care facilities, such as soap, toothpaste, and magazines (many more suggestions listed at msdelaware.org).
**Receive an orange bracelet and one entry into a drawing for a FREE 19” LCD TV for every event you attend! **
Other ways to get involved
• Register a Walk MS event – www.delawarewalk.org
• Various Walk MS Team captains have organized community fundraisers, in which businesses will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Delaware Chapter. Business partners include:
o Moe’s Southwest Grill
o California Pizza Kitchen
o Currie Salon
o Berri Yummi
o Buffalo Wild Wings
o Visit www.msdelaware.org and click on the community events page for details
• Online activism: change your facebook or twitter photo to the MS Society logo
Click here for a complete list of MS Awareness Week details and events.
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 the body. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with the disease. 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 more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.1 million worldwide.
About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people living with MS and their families move forward with their lives. In 2010 alone, through its national office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society devoted $159 million to its programs and services that assisted more than one million people. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $37 million to support 325 new and ongoing research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at nationalMSsociety.org.