Delaware Chapter Joins Forces with Greater Delaware Valley Chapter to Better Serve More Than 15,000 Local People Living With MS
March 2, 2015
PHILADELPHIA, PA — As of January 1, 2015, the Delaware and Greater Delaware Valley Chapters of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society have joined forces to better serve people affected by MS throughout the area.
This realignment is part of a national effort to ensure that every donor dollar is used as efficiently and effectively as possible to help people living with MS live their best lives as we work to stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. The unified chapter will use the Greater Delaware Valley name and will retain offices in Philadelphia and Wilmington.
This newly united chapter belongs to its members and is led by a Board of Trustees that includes committed volunteers from all three states in our chapter territory. The Board and staff are committed to increasing the MS Society’s presence and impact throughout the area and we want to connect as many people living with MS with programs and events in as many locations as possible during 2015.
“Getting to this point has taken a tremendous amount of time and effort,” said Tami Caesar, President of the merged chapters. “We are excited about the opportunities this will bring and we believe that joining forces will allow us to serve more people, more effectively, and help make sure that people with MS are living their best lives right now.”
Moving forward, the chapter will strive to accelerate research funding and give people living with a MS the chance to fuel progress and drive change wherever necessary. The unified chapter will ensure that each person with MS has the opportunity to live their best life with more connections to information, resources and others with shared experiences.
About the National MS Society
The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. In 2014, the Society invested $50.6 million to advance more than 380 research projects around the world in order to stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. Through its comprehensive nation-wide network of programs and services, it also helped more than one million people affected by MS connect to the people, information and resources needed to live their best lives.
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.