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Share Why You Connect to the MS Movement During MS Awareness Week

March 3-9 2014

NEW YORK, March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Creating a world

free of multiple sclerosis requires a collaborative effort. That's why

starting today, March 3, individuals and MS groups across the country

unite to raise awareness and find new and better ways to help people

living with MS live their best lives.

This year, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's annual awareness

campaign kicks off the week of March 3 -9 and will provide everyone

who wants to connect to the MS Movement the opportunity to share their

own image and story at While on the site,

visitors can also connect with thousands of people supporting one

another and exploring issues that matter to people living with MS.

MS is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous

system which interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and

between the brain and body. MS affects more than 2.3 million people


Advancing MS research is one of the National MS Society's highest

priorities. Right now, the Society is devoting nearly $50 million to

support some 380 research projects around the world while providing

programs and services to over a million people annually. It is also

fostering global collaborations and increasing annual investments

yearly to drive solutions that will stop MS progression, restore

function that's been lost, and end MS forever.

In just two decades, MS has moved from being an untreatable disease to

one where there are at least 10 treatment options for those with

relapsing MS, the most common form of the disease. And there are even

more new therapies speeding through the pipeline that offer hope to

people with all forms of this life altering disease.

Connect during MS Awareness Week - March 3-9- And Beyond:

-- The Society's Connection to spearhead MS Research - The Society is

announcing in March a new funding commitment totaling over $29 million

to support 83 new research and training projects worldwide. These

include innovative studies investigating the potential of adult stem

cells for repairing the nervous system; research to determine how

dietary salt and the gut's microbiome may impact MS; funding to train

MS specialists who can provide the best care; and high-risk pilot

projects to test breakthrough ideas.

-- Every Connection Counts - share your story and connect with others

at Visitors can learn more about MS, upload

their own photo and connection to share with others, download tools to

spread MS awareness, or register to participate in Walk MS or Bike MS

or another conveniently located Society event. Visitors can also

build connections, view and share images, video, and stories about

their connections on the Society's Facebook page. If they tweet, they can

spread the word using the #MSconnection hash tag.

-- Find famous faces on - There area multitude of

famous faces who are celebrity MS ambassadors. Learn why they connect

to the MS Movement. They include, among others, Alessandra Ambrosio,

Ryan Asdourian, Tyler Campbell, Courtney Galiano,Phil Keoghan, Zoe

Koplowitz, Shemar Moore, Jack Osbourne, David Osmond, Bill Pullman,

Rain Pryor, Julie Roberts, Lauren Bedford Russell, Noah "40" Shebib,

Richard Cohen and Meredith Vieira, Clay Walker, and Tom Wallisch. Fans

can also look for celebrity postings on their individual face book

pages and twitter accounts

-- Times Square: The 2014 Connections Public Service Announcements

will be spotlighted on mega-electronic billboards in New York City's

Times Square for millions of people to see during the month of March.

-- In Washington, D.C.-The U.S Senate adopted a resolution (S.Res.366)

expressing support for the goals and ideals of MS Awareness Week and a

resolution is expected to be introduced in the House as well the first

week in March. The Society also received a Presidential Message

honoring people with MS. As a follow-on to MS Awareness Week, over

three-hundred MS Activists will gather for the Society's annual public

policy conference, and to make personal visits on Capitol Hill to

advocate for issues that will help people with MS move their lives

forward, such as sustained MS research funding through the National

Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Congressionally Directed Medical

Research Programs (CDMRP), robust funding of the Food & Drug

Administration (FDA), co-sponsorship of a bill that would create a

separate benefit in Medicare for complex rehab technology, and support

of the Congressional MS Caucus.

-- Across the U.S.A.-In cities coast-to-coast, people affected by MS

are creating awareness by lighting high-profile buildings and bridges

in orange, hosting and attending community events that raise funds to

drive MS research, collaborating with legislators to secure lasting

changes in public policy, and sharing their stories of life with MS

with the public through social media, letters to the editor, and news


About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the

central nervous system, 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. MS affects more than 2.3 million


About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The 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. Join the movement at

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SOURCE National Multiple Sclerosis Society

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/CONTACT: Arney Rosenblat, 212-476-0436,


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CO: National Multiple Sclerosis Society

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