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Racine Community Foundation Grant Continues to Support Crisis Care Management Services for Local Residents Living with Multiple Sclerosis

October 20, 2015

The Racine Community Foundation has awarded the National MS Society-Wisconsin Chapter a $5,000 grant.

(HARTLAND, WISCONSIN) – The National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Wisconsin Chapter has received a $5,000 grant from the Racine Community Foundation, ensuring that crisis care management services can be provided to the more than 450 Racine County residents diagnosed with MS.

The grant is made possible by money allocated through the Louis S. Ehrich, Jr. Fund. Those dollars support a crisis management program that helps people learn about MS and access the resources that help them live their best life with the disease. Components of this program include:The

  • The National MS Society’s Information Resource Center, a toll-free information and referral hotline staffed by experienced professionals who help individuals address topics ranging from new diagnosis, treatment options and understanding benefits such as health insurance, to dealing with an emergency and locating resources in the community.
  • The Racine County Self-Help Group for people living with MS and their loved ones. The group meets every fourth Tuesday of the month from 7-9 p.m. at Racine Christian Reformed Church, 900 Illinois St. in Racine. It is peer-facilitated by leaders with MS and provides support, socialization and education for participants with MS with all levels of disability. More information is available at wisMS.org.
  • Financial assistance to help people in times of crisis when other services are not available in order to reduce hardship due to the financial burden of MS, promote health and maintain independence. It also helps provide scholarships for children to attend the MS Youth Camp at YMCA Camp Icaghowan in Amery, Wisconsin, and for college students to support undergraduate study.

The phone number for anyone living with MS who is in need of assistance is 1-800-344-4867, option 2. The phone line is staffed weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Central.

Since 1975, the Racine Community Foundation has helped individuals and organizations strengthen the community by connecting local donors with non-profit organizations that have shown a specific philanthropic area including: community development, education and health and human services.

Click here to see the number of people in each Wisconsin county who have disclosed to the National MS Society that they have been diagnosed, and click here for an indication of the economic impact.

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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