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USA TODAY Continues 'Spirit of the USA' Charity Program as Part of Newspaper's 25th Anniversary Celebration

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society highlighted today

MCLEAN, Va., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of USA TODAY's 25th anniversary celebration, USA TODAY continues its "Spirit of the USA" 25- week charity program that highlights a different charity each week for 25 weeks.

The program began on March 30th and will continue every Friday through September 14th as USA TODAY thanks America for its support over the past 25 years by saluting the nation's generosity. USA TODAY has selected 25 charities and will celebrate the work of one charity per week for 25 weeks, both in print and online via a signature USA TODAY Snapshot as well as on a special 25th anniversary web site on

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world and providing programs and services designed to help people with multiple sclerosis and their families move their lives forward. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society are people who want to do something about MS now, and are dedicated to achieving a world free of MS.

"The members of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the more than one million people we serve each year are honored to be included in USA TODAY's 25th anniversary celebration," said Joyce Nelson, president and CEO of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. "Our partnership will make great strides in building awareness about MS and in encouraging readers to become a part of the MS movement to end the disease. We thank USA TODAY for their commitment to the community and for joining the MS movement."

Readers are encouraged to learn more about the National Multiple Sclerosis Society by viewing the Snapshot on today's front page of USA TODAY and on as well as by visiting

The final charity scheduled to appear as part of the "Spirit of the USA" program is American Red Cross. Big Brothers Big Sisters, Thanks USA, Earth Day Network, NARSAD: The Mental Health Research Association, American Diabetes Association, Hispanic College Fund, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Disabled American Veterans, the Arbor Day Foundation, America's Second Harvest, MusiCares, The Nature Conservancy, The Humane Society of the United States Ronald McDonald House Charities, Hole in the Wall Camps, First Book, Gilda's Club Worldwide, Special Olympics, VH1 Save The Music Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Habitat for Humanity International, Ducks Unlimited and Goodwill Industries International were previously highlighted.

"USA TODAY wanted to find a way to give back to the nation during our 25th anniversary celebration by celebrating causes that are closest to the hearts of Americans. We selected charities that represented a broad range of interests including environment, health, animals, arts, education, human services, and public benefits. We hope our readers will join us in saluting these charities," said Susan Lavington, senior vice president of marketing, USA TODAY.

USA TODAY, the nation's top-selling newspaper, will be celebrating its 25th anniversary on September 15th, 2007. It is published via satellite at 36 locations in the USA and at four sites abroad. With a total average daily circulation of 2.3 million, USA TODAY is available worldwide. USA TODAY is published by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI). The USA TODAY brand also includes:, an award-winning news and information Web site that is updated 24 hours per day; USA TODAY Sports Weekly, a magazine for enthusiasts of college and professional football and baseball; USA TODAY Mobile, offering up- to-the minute news and information on a variety of mobile platforms and devices; and USA TODAY LIVE, the television arm of the USA TODAY brand that brings the spirit and quality of the newspaper to television.

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