April 1, 2003
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
As the numbers of diagnosed cases of multiple sclerosis (MS) in the country continue to steadily rise, (today, there are more than 400,00 cases in the US), more awareness about this mysterious chronic disease is needed. The MSF (Multiple Sclerosis Foundation) is a national non-profit organization devoted to providing educational programs and assistance services to MS patients. However, during March 2003 the MSF expanded the scope of education and services to reach everyone, not simply those with MS.
March 2003 was the first National MS Education and Awareness Month, sponsored by the MSF. In an effort to increase public support, caring and understanding of those affected by MS, the MSF held events around the country, released new educational materials and distributed MS Awareness Kits. Nationally attended teleconferences and Internet “web chats” drew attention from both attendees and the media.
The positive responses, gratitude and kudos continue to pour in at the offices of the MSF. “We knew that what we wanted to do was important, and we knew that the MS community would be appreciative. We had no idea however, that the Month would be so astonishingly well received, proving the need for increased public awareness. Plans are already underway for next year,” reflects Jules Kuperberg, National Director of the MSF.
ABOUT THE MSF
The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (MSF) is a national, non-profit service
organization, with headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, that has been
assisting people diagnosed with MS since 1986. The mission of the
MSF is to enhance the quality of life of those affected by this chronic
disease through various programs and services. For additional information
about services of the MSF, or to help support our programs, call 1-888-MSFOCUS
(673-6287) or visit http://www.msfocus.org/.
© Copyright 2003, The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation