MS Featured on Santa Barbara's State Street Flags
September 6, 2013
For the first time, the flags of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will line State Street the week of September 6-12, 2013 as a part of the State Street Flag Program that is organized and sponsored by the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization.
“We are thrilled to become a member of the State Street Flag Program, to let individuals affected by MS know that we are here to help them, and to raise awareness about the disease,” said Channel Islands Director, Jeanette Chian. The flags uniquely portray the characteristics of multiple sclerosis (MS). The mountain “M” symbolizes the challenges that individuals living with MS must climb on a daily basis. The bike path “S” represents the unpredictability and lifelong nature of the disease. The cyclists embody hope in working together to find a cure and to live well with the disease, in particular by participating in Bike MS, the Society’s signature fundraising event and largest charity cycling series in the world.
The National MS Society provides direct services for people with MS and their families, including educational and wellness classes, emotional support groups and counseling, and direct financial assistance; and also funds research for better treatments and a cure for this unpredictable, often disabling disease. The Chapter is supported by donations through traditional fundraising and special events such as the upcoming Bike MS: Coastal Challenge. On October 12 & 13, over 1,000 cyclists will ride 30 to 160 miles through the Central Coast, raising over $1 million for critical MS research and life-changing programs and services to benefit individuals living with MS.
About the Southern California & Nevada Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society
The Southern California & Nevada Chapter of the National MS Society provides comprehensive programs and advocacy to assist and empower the more than 20,000 individuals residing in Southern and Central California and Nevada who are affected by MS annually. The Southern California & Nevada Chapter is also a driving force of research for the prevention, treatment and cure of MS and contributes funds to support 350 National MS Society research projects worldwide. The Chapter has offices in Bakersfield, Fresno, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Ontario, Reno and Santa Barbara.
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.