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U.S. Representative Michael Burgess Honored for Commitment to Change the World for Everyone Affected by MS

March 20, 2017

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has named U.S. Representative Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-Texas) as its 2016 U.S. Representative of the Year.

A long-term champion on behalf of people affected by MS, Rep. Burgess is the founding Chair of the Congressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus. He has been a leader of the Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act (H.R. 292), and through his ardent advocacy in 2016 ensured a strong version of the bill was passed into law as part of the 21st Century Cures Act.
 
“Representative Burgess has changed the landscape of Capitol Hill’s understanding and commitment to people with MS,” said National MS Society President and CEO Cyndi Zagieboylo.  “From his founding of the Congressional MS Caucus in 2007, to his impactful work on the 21st Century Cures Act, the congressman’s leadership is critical to helping us reach a world free of MS.”
 
Rep. Burgess has led the Dear Colleague letter requesting increased funding for the MS Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program which has helped secure a nearly $40 million for innovative MS research. He also supports legislation that helps people access quality complex rehabilitation technology and related accessories, such as tilt-and-recline systems and customized seat cushions.
 
Accepting the award, Rep. Burgess said, “As the founder and co-chair of the Congressional MS Caucus, we have made great strides in my tenure to strengthen MS research and improve the lives of those living with this devastating disease. I am honored to be recognized as the MS Society 2016 Representative of the Year and remain committed to breaking down barriers to make MS therapies more affordable.”

The National MS Society presented Michael Burgess with the U.S. Representative of the Year award during its 26th annual Public Policy Conference, held March 20-22. The event united nearly 300 MS activists from across the country in Washington, D.C. to educate elected officials about the needs of people affected by MS.

For more information on the Society and MS issues, visit nationalMSsociety.org/advocacy, facebook.com/nationalMSsociety, twitter.com/MSactivist, or follow  #MS, #MSactivist, #MSresearch #NIH #CDMRP, and #neurodata on social media.

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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