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The New York City- Southern New York Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange and Sullivan counties and raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.

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MS Awareness Week 2013 Calls All to Volunteer, Participate and Advocate

March 6, 2013

Contact:
Liz Samurovich
liz.samurovich@nmss.org
212-453-3209

MS Awareness Week, March 11-17, 2013, is a galvanizing time when people come together and use their connections to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis, while encouraging others to join the movement toward a world free of MS.

“Our chapter has planned a variety of events from March 11-17, that we hope encourages volunteerism, advocacy and participation,” declares Robin Einbinder, President of the New York City – Southern New York Chapter. “Throughout the week, we’d like people to seek out information about multiple sclerosis and its impact, the plethora of services and programs we provide and ultimately be inspired to join with thousands of others whose fundraising has helped us support research that will find a cure  for MS in the near future,”

All week there are opportunities to get engaged and connected through educational, wellness and social programs, along with fun public awareness events such as:

March 9 – 22nd Annual MS Family Discovery Day
This day-long educational program will provide information and practical help in dealing with the physical and emotional aspects of living with multiple sclerosis. It is open to all people living with MS, their families and friends and medical professionals.

March 10 - Day of Health and Wellness for People Living with MS
In collaboration with the NYU Langone Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center, this four-hour program will offer people living with MS an intensive wellness experience, including an educational lecture, discussion groups and therapeutic activities that promote wellness.

March 11 – 17th Annual Books for a Better Life Awards
Since inception, the Books for a Better Life Awards has recognized more than 650 self-improvement authors and has now raised more than $1.9 million for the New York City - Southern New York Chapter’s comprehensive support services and educational programs for people living with MS, their friends and families. The Awards recognize self-improvement authors whose messages are aligned with the chapter’s mission of inspiring people to live their best lives.  The evening will be hosted by television personality Meredith Vieira and will honor George Slowik, Jr., President of Publishers Weekly and Gail Sheehy, speaker and bestselling author of 16 books.

March 13 - Flash Freeze at Union Square
Dress in orange and join us as we bring attention to the fact that MS stops people from moving, but we exist to make sure it doesn't!

March 13 – Adapted T'ai Chi Workshop
This one day workshop, at the YMCA of White Plains, will be focused on the ancient Chinese martial art of T’ai Chi. Often referred to as “moving meditation,” t’ai chi is practiced in a series of gentle, slow-moving movements.

March 17 - Race to Stop MS NYC Half Marathon Cheer Station
Join us and cheer on our Race to Stop MS NYC Half Marathon team as they run 13.1 miles through NYC! Come in your brightest orange and bring your friends and family too.

To register or for more information about MS Awareness Week 2013 please visit www.MSnyc.org or call 1-800-344-4867, Option1.

About the New York City – Southern New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The New York City – Southern New York Chapter of the National MS Society is committed to helping the 10,000 people living with multiple sclerosis in the five boroughs and Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange and Sullivan counties continue moving their lives forward. The chapter raises funds locally to support the Society’s critical research initiatives and to provide hundreds of comprehensive support services and educational programs for people living with MS, their family and friends. For more information, visit www.MSnyc.org.The New York City – Southern New York Chapter of the National MS Society is committed to helping the 10,000 people living with multiple sclerosis in the five boroughs and Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange and Sullivan counties continue moving their lives forward. The chapter raises funds locally to support the Society’s critical research initiatives and to provide hundreds of comprehensive support services and educational programs for people living with MS, their family and friends. For more information, visit www.MSnyc.org.

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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