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Georgia’s Johnny Isakson Named National MS Society U.S. Senator of the Year

March 8, 2016

Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia is the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s 2015 U.S. Senator of the Year.  Senator Isakson volunteered to be the Republican lead sponsor of the Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act (S. 849), a bill that would establish a data collection system to track the incidence and prevalence of neurological diseases, including MS. Senator Isakson partnered with the Society and other leading neurology-related organizations to host a Senate briefing discussing the importance of this bill, sharing his personal diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease and urging his Senate colleagues to help find answers and cures to neurological diseases by co-sponsoring and passing S. 849.

“I am honored to be named the Senator of the Year by the MS Society and thank them for their support and dedication to important legislation like the Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act,” says Senator Isakson. “We have a duty to work together across party lines on legislation that helps us find answers and cures to neurological diseases that people across the country are living with every day.”
As a faithful servant of the state of Georgia, Senator Isakson has served as U.S. Senator since 2005, U.S. Representative from 1999-2005 and in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1977-1991. He is a dedicated member of the Congressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus who strives every day through his public service to improve the lives of people with MS and other neurological conditions.

“A leader in Congress for people with neurological diseases, Senator Isakson is committed to research that will lead to treatments that help people with MS live their best lives, and ultimately a world free of MS,” says National MS Society President and CEO Cynthia Zagieboylo. “We are proud to recognize Johnny Isakson as U.S. Senator of the Year.”

Bestowing its highest honor for elected officials, the National MS Society will present Johnny Isakson with the U.S. Senator 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 Senator Isakson visit isakson.senate.gov, facebook.com/Isakson or twitter.com/SenatorIsakson. #GA
 
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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