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2017 National MS Society Public Policy Conference

March 23, 2017

On March 20-22, the Society convened nearly 300 MS activists from across the country for its 26th annual Public Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. At the conference, activists learned how to strengthen relationships with elected officials and about federal policies that are important to people with MS. In more than 320 meetings with congressional offices, activists shared their personal stories to drive change. 

MS activists urged their members of Congress to: During the conference, the Society bestowed its highest honor to the following elected officials for their leadership on behalf of people with MS:
  • Governor of the Year: Tom Wolf (PA) 
  • U.S. Senator of the Year: Dick Durbin (IL)
  • U.S. Representatives of the Year: Michael Burgess, MD (TX-26) and Lloyd Doggett (TX-35)
The National MS Society also recognized the work of two MS activists through the District Activist Leader of the Year award and the Advocacy Volunteer Hall of Fame induction.

Thank you, MS activists, for participating in person, on social media, and by sending emails and letters to your elected officials!

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts 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 leading to better understanding and 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.

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