National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. 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 at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide.
The National Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. In 2012 alone, through our home office and 50-state network of chapters, we devoted $122.1 million to programs and services that improved the lives of more than one million people. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $43.3 million to support more than 350 new and ongoing research projects around the world. We are people who want to do something about MS now. Join the movement at nationalMSsociety.org.