is the National Multiple Sclerosis Society?
The Western Connecticut
Chapter of the National MS Society offers programs
designed to maximize abilities in order to maintain
independence so that people living with MS can
continue to participate fully on the job and in
family/community activities. For over fifty years the
National MS Society, with its nationwide network of
chapters and branches, has worked to find a cure for
MS and to improve the quality of life for people with
MS and their families. The National MS Society is the
only voluntary health agency that supports an
international program of scientific research designed
to cure, prevent and treat MS.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Western
Over a half a centruary
ago, on July 22, 1947, the National Multiple Sclerosis
Society’s first chapter was chartered to provide
services for people with multiple sclerosis in
Connecticut. Since that day, the Western Connecticut
Chapter has remained a leader in all areas:
volunteerism, fundraising, donations, to research and
client services. Sylvia Lawry, the founder of our
orginization, showed us the difference one volunteer
could make. We have enlisted thousands of volunteers
who, sharing these beliefs, have made huge strides in
the battle against MS.
Is Multiple Sclerosis ?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, often
disabling disease of the central nervous system.
Symptoms may be mild such as numbness in the limbs or
severe - paralysis or loss of vision.
Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of
20 and 40 but the unpredictable physical and emotional
effects can be lifelong. The progress, severity and
specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet
be predicted, but advances in research and treatment
are giving hope to those affected by the disease.
mission of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
is to end the devastating effects of multiple
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