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The Greater DC-Maryland Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. and raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.


Chapter Realignment Update

September 3, 2015

September 2015
Dear Friends:
The Maryland and National Capital chapters of the National MS Society are joining forces. Moving forward on October 1, as the Greater DC - Maryland Chapter, we will serve more than 15,000 people living with MS in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas, as well as 31 counties across Maryland and Northern Virginia. This is great news for people affected by MS in D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia. 
There are three driving goals behind this change: to offer enhanced MS education, support, advocacy and services for people affected by MS; to raise more money and increase our commitment to MS research; and to improve operating efficiencies.
By combining the talents of our boards, staff and volunteers, we can: enhance connection opportunities, services and advocacy for those living with MS and their families and friends; increase fundraising effectiveness; and streamline operations to reduce costs.
Our offices will remain located in Washington, D.C. and Timonium, Maryland. The staff and volunteers in both locations will continue to deliver connection opportunities, services and advocacy for people affected by MS and partner with local companies, volunteers and organizations to ensure that Society fundraising activities like Bike MS and Walk MS will continue and grow.
The combined strengths of volunteers, staff and others who care about people with MS will move us closer to the ultimate goal we all share—a world free of MS.
The transition will be a gradual one, with no interruption in service. More details will be available in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we welcome your thoughts and ideas to maximize our new partnership to achieve our unified vision. We are looking forward to continuing our work together to end MS forever.
The Greater DC - Maryland Chapter of the National MS Society


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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