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National MS Society Volunteers Lend a Hand to Change a Life

June 2, 2015

Rochester, NY – Volunteers with the National MS Society’s Upstate New York Chapter are lending a helping hand this weekend to make a difference in the life of someone living with multiple sclerosis. On June 6, volunteers will be participating in the 6th annual MS Service Day. Teams of about five will visit one of 15 different homes throughout the area to perform various chores and housework.

Volunteers will spend four hours painting, window-washing, cleaning, and doing yard work. These are just some projects that a person with MS may have difficulty doing due to the progression of their disease.

This opportunity is not only about helping others, it gives volunteers a chance to connect and build friendships with people with MS in their community. To be eligible to receive a team of volunteers, individuals had to be living with MS themselves, or live in the same household as someone that does.

Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body. Because of this, it is often debilitating, stopping individuals from performing day-to-day tasks. MS affects more than 12,800 people in Upstate New York, and this weekend, volunteers will directly impact the lives of 15 people living with MS.
 

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For more information or to coordinate day-of interviews with MS Service Day participants, contact Ashley Greenman, Senior Manager of Community Engagement at Ashley.greenman@nmss.org or 585-271-0805 ext. 70322.

About the Upstate New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Upstate New York Chapter is nationally recognized as a leader in providing comprehensive service programs for more than 12,800 people with MS and their families in 50 counties. We are dedicated to mobilizing people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. The chapter has offices in Buffalo, Rochester, and Albany.

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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