MOVE IT! Join the Movement to End Multiple Sclerosis Now
MS Awareness Week
Research Moving People with MS Forward with Their Lives
- This is a watershed year in MS research with more than a dozen new therapies moving through the MS pipeline including the first two oral disease modifying drugs and the first symptom management drug that improves walking;
- Exciting new research is also underway into Vitamin D and MS which is revealing an ever stronger tie between susceptibility to MS and reduced levels of Vitamin D;
- Recent discoveries of new genes that make people susceptible to MS are providing clues to stopping and preventing the disease
- Further, the six Pediatric MS Centers established across the country offer the potential for finding the cause of MS by studying children with the disease, who could still harbor clues to what caused their MS because the environmental triggers may still be present.
With these pending breakthroughs on the horizon, people with MS have a future to look forward to rather than a past to look back upon.
A Week for Millions of People Impacted By MS to Move It And Come Together In Support of the MS Movement
Phil Keoghan, host of CBS’s The Amazing Race, will Move It on Thursday, March 5in Times Square when he sets up a cycle-thon training ride for his upcoming bike ride across America that will raise awareness for the Society’s Bike MS ride series;
- People across the country are volunteering to help raise funds and awareness to end MS by registering for Walk MS, Bike MS, and joining grass roots activist teams to advocate for health care reform;
- Crowds of volunteers and staff from the Society are “taking over” high-traffic/high visibility sites such as Rockefeller Plaza across the country for “now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t” Move It stunts; a “Join the Movement bus” tour will roll across AL; movement marathons including stair climbs are occurring in
Chicagoand New York, cycle-thons in MI and CA, and a mud-run in Florida, all designed to bring awareness of the impact of MS;
- Buildings including the Empire State building and city fountains are going orange; 3,000 orange pinwheels representing the people with MS in
Mainewill be spread out across a well-known field;
Teri Garrrecorded Move It PSAs are now playing nationwide;
- and orange bracelets, bumper stickers, shirts and caps will be the dress du jour throughout the week.
MS Activists are Moving It to Improve Health Care for People with MS
- Health Care Reform, the Society created a set of National Health Care Reform Principles that map out and address the needs of people with MS and other chronic diseases or disabilities which have been submitted to Congress for review and requested inclusion in the upcoming health care reform legislation.
Research Funding in the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, MS activists have already secured
$5 millionfor an MS research program to examine potential environmental risks that might explain the possible link between combat service and an increased incidence of MS. They are now seeking an additional $15 millionappropriation.
- Establishment of Disease Registries for MS Disease, Currently, no accurate estimates are available to help better understand the complexities of the MS population. MS activists are seeking the establishment of a permanent national MS registry at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to measure the incidence and prevalence of MS in the U.S.
Move It Online and Be a Part of the Movement
To learn more about MS Awareness Week and what you can do to be a part of the MS movement., visit: www.nationalmssociety.org/msawarenessweek There visitors will also find profiles of others who are “moving it,” an online toolkit with downloadable buttons, banners, badges and more for social network pages; and the Society’s YouTube “Move It” channel where they can share their own move it stories.
Corporate partners Moving It to End MS
Committed corporate partners who are supporting MS Awareness Week and the thousands of volunteers in the Move It campaign are:
Biogen Idec. Clear Channel Communications, Inc Developers Diversified Genentech/Biogen Idec EMD Serono Teva Neuroscience The Vitamin Shoppe Westfield Shopping Centers
“MS Awareness Week is the perfect time to Move It to end MS,” said
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 the body. Every hour in
About the National MS Society
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS. In 2008 alone, through our national office and our 50 state network of chapters, we devoted over
SOURCE National Multiple Sclerosis Society