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Be a Part of the 1st World MS Day - May 27, 2009
Date:5/27/2009

The U.S. National MS Society Joins More than 50 Countries Holding Events to Support This Global Initiative to Build Awareness for MS

NEW YORK, May 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The first coordinated global initiative to highlight the proliferation of multiple sclerosis (MS) is being launched on May 27. Organized by the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF) with the help of MS Societies in 54 countries, including the United States and Canada, the day will be marked by more than 160 events around the world in a concerted effort to build awareness for MS and enhance collaboration that will bring us closer to a world free of multiple sclerosis.

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The focus of World MS Day is on the needs of people with multiple sclerosis, the lack of capacity to diagnose and treat MS in many countries and the urgent need for more research to help eradicate the disease. It encourages people affected by MS worldwide to come together to take positive action in the MS movement by sharing their experiences, by donating time and funds to both support MS programs that will help people with MS move forward with their lives and spur MS research to end the disease, and to persuade legislative representatives to take steps that will ensure that people with MS everywhere can lead a life of possibility, dignity and fulfillment.

MS is found in every country in the world, and is one of the most common neurological diseases amongst people in their 20s and 30s. It is a prime of life disease striking just when people are building their careers and families. MS affects at least twice as many women as men and up to 60% of people diagnosed with MS will experience long-term disabil
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