More MS news articles for August 2000

U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton Addresses Clients, Staff of the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America 12 Noon Wednesday, August 16
Updated 12:07 PM ET August 11, 2000

CHERRY HILL, N.J., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Representative James Saxton (R-3rd N.J.) will meet with clients, Board members, and staff of the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) at the nonprofit charitable organization's national headquarters, 706 Haddonfield Road, Cherry Hill, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16. During his visit, hosted by MSAA Board chair Jim McGuinness, Mr. Saxton will address the group, listen to comments and concerns of the MSAA constituency, and answer questions about how government can respond to issues affecting people who have a chronic illness that is disabling to various degrees.

Mr. Saxton is a friend to MSAA. As the Congressman representing the district in which the Association's national headquarters is located, he has been an active supporter of MSAA's recently-launched Pathways for Independence program through which homes of people with MS are modified to better suit their everyday living needs. His support extends to helping MSAA seek federal funding that will allow it to expand its Pathways initiative to more people nationally.

Pathways, introduced in January, involves an MSAA volunteer going into a home or apartment to assess its safety and accessibility as regards to a resident with MS. Following an assessment, modifications, (e.g. the installation of assistive equipment, appliances, or ramps), are made so an individual with MS can better maneuver in and enjoy his or her home.

Congressman Saxton has represented his district since 1984. He is Vice Chairman of the Joint (House/Senate) Economic Committee, which puts him in the forefront of discussions about substantive economic policy, and is a member of several other committees. Recently he introduced a bi-partisan bill, in cooperation with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and others, to form a Social Security Protection, Preservation, and Reform Commission.

The Multiple Sclerosis Association is a national nonprofit charitable organization that, since 1970, has worked to ease the day-to-day challenges faced by individuals with MS, their families, and caregivers. National headquarters is at 706 Haddonfield Road, Cherry Hill, N.J. It can be reached by calling 1-800-LEARN MS (1-800-532-7667).

Contact: Andrea Borkowski, Director of Communications of the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, 856-488-4500, ext. 123