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Colorado’s Diana DeGette Honored as National MS Society U.S. Representative of the Year

March 14, 2016

Representative Diana DeGette of Colorado is the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s 2015 U.S. Representative of the Year.  In a bipartisan approach, Representative DeGette championed the introduction and passage of the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6) in the United States House of Representatives, aimed at modernizing the discovery, development and delivery of treatments, and accelerating the path to cures for diseases including MS. This landmark legislation would also increase resources for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and establish a data collection system that would help researchers better understand the incidence and prevalence of neurological diseases in the U.S. including MS.

Representative DeGette has been a continuous supporter of increased investment in the NIH, the largest source of funding for MS research in the world. She also has co-sponsored the Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act (H.R. 1516), which improves access to and quality standards of individually-configured wheelchairs, and seating and positioning systems, so that people with progressed MS can have their medical needs met and remain independent.

“We are pleased to name Diana DeGette as the U.S. Representative of the Year,” National MS Society President and CEO Cyndi Zagieboylo says. “As one of the leading voices in the healthcare debate in this country, and a member of the Congressional MS Caucus, Diana’s leadership on 21st Century Cures in the U.S. House of Representatives is critical to helping us stop MS in its tracks.”

“By increasing funding for research and access to treatments, we can make a real impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans living with MS,” said Representative DeGette. “I am honored to be recognized by the National MS Society for my work breaking down partisan borders and passing the 21st Century Cures Act. I look forward to continuing this partnership so that we can get this crucial bill to President Obama’s desk and signed into law as soon as possible.”

Bestowing its highest honor for elected officials, the National MS Society will present Diana DeGette with the U.S. Representative of the Year award during its 25th annual Public Policy Conference, from March 14 to 16, 2016. The event brings close to 350 MS activists from across the country to D.C. to educate elected officials about the needs of people affected by MS.

For more information on Representative DeGette visit degette.house.gov, facebook.com/DianaDeGette or twitter.com/RepDianaDeGette.

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

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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