Welcome To The National
Multiple Sclerosis Society!

Who 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.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Western Connecticut Chapter

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.

What 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.

The mission of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
is to end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis.

Mission Elements

  • Research programs
  • Client programs
  • Clinical programs
  • Advocacy programs
  • Awareness programs

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