Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts 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 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.
The National MS Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.
To move us closer to creating a world free of MS, last year alone, the Society invested nearly $50 million to support more than 380 new and ongoing research projects around the world while providing program services to over one million people.
If you are looking for ways to get involved, participate in one of the numerous fundraising events that are happening all over the US!
Walk MS connects people living with MS and those who care about them. When you participate in community events like this one, the funds you raise give hope to the more than 2.3 million people living with MS worldwide. Fundraising walks have been going on since 1988 and to date have raised more than $870 million to support life changing programs and cutting-edge research.
There are walks and rides happening throughout the year as well as other events such as The Dallas On The Move Luncheon. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will host the 9th Annual On the Move Luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton Dallas on Friday, November 13th, from 11:00am to 1:00pm. The annual luncheon, which raises funds and awareness for multiple sclerosis, will feature Keynote Speaker Jason DaSilva, Artist and Filmmaker, who at the age of 25 was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Money raised at this year’s events will support research progress in many areas, moving us closer to our ultimate goal of a world without MS!