MS Society Promotes Awareness Of Multiple Sclerosis

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STATE—The New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is asking everyone to “Move It” during MS Awareness Week to end MS now. Michael Elkow, president of the society’s New Jersey Metro Chapter, asks people to show their commitment to the MS movement with simple actions throughout the week.

Multiple sclerosis is a disease that interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. 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 more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.5 million worldwide.

“Whether you’re a Move It maverick or a Move It motivator, you can make a difference in the lives of the 13,000 people who live with MS in New Jersey,” said Elkow. “There are fun and easy activities throughout MS Awareness week that will make you feel ‘good’ while you do good.” he continued.

The chapter will begin the week hosting a social program to help those with MS “Chase Away the Blues” on Sunday, March 1. The week will also feature an Applebee’s Dine out for MS Day on Tuesday, March 3. Wear orange to show your support on Wednesday, March 4.

On Thursday, March 5, the chapter will hold its annual MS Lobby Day at the Capitol Building in Trenton. The New Jersey Metro Chapter and advocates from all over New Jersey will be in Trenton to create awareness about MS, to educate the legislative community about MS and to educate people with MS about the legislative process.

To find out more ways to be a part of MS Awareness Week, and encourage others to move it too, Elkow says you can visit nationalMSsociety.org and:

  • Download web banners and widgets for your social network pages
  • Share your story about how you are “moving it”
  • Sign up to volunteer at an upcoming chapter event
  • Form a team for a Walk MS or the Bike MS “Coast the Coast” Ride
  • Email a legislator about an issue important to people with MS
  • Tell five people it’s MS Awareness Week and ask them to tell five more people
  • Support the Society – every donation moves us closer to a world free of MS
  • • Visit nationalMSsociety.org every day during MS Awareness Week for new tips and ideas

“Remember, Move it… Move it, during MS Awareness Week. It is the perfect time to join and help build the MS Movement,” said Elkow.


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