Where the Money Goes
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 2.1 million people worldwide.
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There's no cure for multiple sclerosis, but with the help of dedicated fundraisers,research is progressing at a remarkable rate. In 2010, the National MS Society invested more than $37 million to support 325 new and ongoing MS research projects. Learn more about the latest in MS research.
In addition to helping fund critical research projects, your fundraising dollars help our local chapter provide support and resources to 10,000 families touched by MS in the area. Here are just some of the ways your dollars can make a difference.
Your donation of:
- $25 can provide yoga and exercise instruction or educational materials to people with MS.
- $50 can provide transportation to an MS club or group meeting for someone with no means to get there.
- $200 can pay for an occupational therapy home assessment for someone having difficulties with daily tasks around the house.
- $300 can maintain the operation of an MS support group for an entire year.
- $400 can pay for a driving assessment for someone needing vehicle modifications in order to remain independent in their community.
- $500 can help pay the rent for a family affected by MS struggling to pay medical bills and other expenses.
- $750 can help people with MS pay for chore services to help with tasks they can no longer handle because of the disease — like shoveling the driveway or meal preparation.
- $2,000 can provide a scholarship to help a young person affected by MS pursue a college education.
WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES