February 21, 2002
Thanks to the efforts of Mary Ryan, an active chapter member in the Delaware County area, the month of March has been designated as “MS Awareness Month” in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The resolution, which was introduced in the PA House of Representatives by long time chapter supporter and State Representative, Mario Civera, offers a chance for additional publicity and educational awareness about multiple sclerosis throughout the month of March.
In approving the Resolution, representatives signify their support for the active role all Pennsylvanians should take in the fight against MS, and support community organizations and health care professionals for their role in providing continued funding for research and services for those with the disease. In addition, the Resolution furthers increased public awareness about the disease, and that asks that assistance be provided for health care professionals in their knowledge about and of MS diagnosis and treatment.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is thankful for the continuing support received from the Pennsylvania State Legislature and recognizes that such support is in large part responsible for current level of programs and services. At present, the National MS Society has $30 million invested in over 300 MS research investigations, with a cumulative investment of $348 million since the first three research grants were offered in 1947. Research goals include speeding the development of treatments, prevention and cure of MS; understanding the disease process, preventing damage to the nervous system, reversing damage and improving function; and building quality of life, and the care and delivery of medical services.
For more information about “MS Awareness Month” or the many services and programs of the National MS Society, please call us at 800-548-4611 or click on the “Programs” section of the website.