NEW YORK, March 10 MS Awareness Week March 10 - 17 unites MS organizations and all those living with the effects of multiple sclerosis nationwide in an effort to shine a spotlight on ways that we can move together toward ending MS, a disease where someone is newly diagnosed each hour.
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What will you Do?
Ways To Join The MS Movement
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society invites people across the county to join the movement to move us closer to a world free of MS by taking simple actions throughout the week, as part of a worldwide "Seven Days of Action." These activities, just a click away, are designed to be meaningful and easy, whether you are a newcomer or longtime member of the MS Movement. They include:
-- Visiting http://www.nationalmssociety.org daily during MS Awareness Week for new tips and updates on what others are doing to help end MS
-- Emailing your members of Congress about the need for increased funding for M S research
-- Signing up for a Walk MS or Bike MS event
-- Raising awareness by going orange, the color signifying MS and the National MS Society -- there are hats, t-shirts, clings, clips and jewelry available for those who want to show they are a part of the MS Movement
-- Signing up to volunteer
-- Making your mark against MS or sharing your story at http://www.nationalmssociety.org
-- Supporting the Society -- every donation brings us closer to a cure
"MS Awareness Week is the perfect time to join the movement to help end MS," said Joyce Nelson, President and CEO of the National MS Society. "It is also the ideal time to recognize the millions of individuals who are already a part of the movement and each day make a difference in the lives of people who have MS."
Highlights During MS Awareness Week
Moving Forward MS Film Festival
-- The first-ever MS film festival will debut on Second Life on Wednesday March 12 at noon (PT) during MS Awareness Week. The five first-person shorts can also be seen on the Society's Web site: http://www.nationalMSsociety.org/filmfestival.
Launch of a New More Streamlined National Web Site
The Society's new Web site debuts on March 10. It has been redesigned to make it easier than ever for people with MS and people concerned about MS to find the resources they need.
-- Throughout MS Awareness Week, in addition to tips on ways to join the MS Movement, the home page will profile exciting and inspiring volunteers.
-- The Society's online store is introduced where consumers can buy Society items or items from companies and individuals that support the Society.
Satellite Media Tour with Jordan Sigalet on March 10
-- In collaboration with corporate partner MS Lifelines, live and taped TV interviews have been booked with Providence Bruin hockey star Jordan Sigalet who lives with MS and Society spokesman Dr. Nicholas LaRocca.
Mobility Survey Data To Be Announced
-- The Society will release an overview of the first Harris Interactive Poll ever to survey people with MS and their care partners about mobility issues. The initiative was done in collaboration with Acorda Therapeutics. An in-depth media briefing on the survey's findings will follow on April 8 in New York.
Advocacy Action Alert
-- A cross-organizational advocacy alert will be distributed on Tuesday, March 11, to encourage people to ask their federal representatives for increased MS research funding.
A Campaign That Moves With You Wherever You Go
The "Join the Movement" campaign has also inspired a wide variety of support from corporations who have don