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The White House and Congress Recognize MS Awareness Week

March 18, 2015

On March 2nd, President Barak Obama sent a letter to recognize MS Awareness Week 2015 (March 2-8). He wrote, “While there is still so much to learn, we have made enormous advances in providing support and resources to those living with MS and in determining ways to fight it. By continuing to research this disease, we can improve treatment and outcomes for all those affected. As you mark MS Awareness Week 2015, let us recommit to increasing public awareness of MS, to help improve the lives of those touched by it, and to forging a brighter future for all.”
 
On March 11th, more than 325 MS activists met with members of Congress on Capitol Hill as part of the Society’s annual Public Policy Conference. At the same time, Senator Dick Durbin (Illinois) took to the U.S. Senate Floor,  urging Congress to make federal funding for research into diseases like MS a national priority. 
 
 
Excerpt from transcript: “The United States is at risk for not reaching the potential for cures to deadly and debilitating diseases because we are no longer investing adequately in basic science. This kind of research holds promise to better understand and treat disorders like multiple sclerosis. MS is an unpredictable, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system. And there is no cure. Today, more than 2.3 million people have been diagnosed with MS worldwide – including about 20,000 people in my home state of Illinois,” Durbin said. “The National Multiple Sclerosis Society… are doing their part. But if the Federal Government is going to do its part, Congress needs to make funding biomedical research a top national priority.”
 

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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