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Make the Choice to Make a Difference During MS Awareness Week

PHILADELPHIA, March 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease that robs individuals of their independence and overall quality of life. Here in the Greater Delaware Valley, over 14,000 individuals are affected by MS with more than 2.1 million affected worldwide. The National MS Society through its network of chapters across the U.S. is leading the movement to stop MS in its tracks, restore function lost to the disease and end MS forever.

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease of the central nervous system. People with MS are usually diagnosed between the ages of 20-50 and face unpredictable symptoms that can include numbness, blurred vision, paralysis and blindness.

As we celebrate National MS Awareness Week, March 11-17, the Society encourages all local residents to reach out to their personal connections and ask them to join the movement against MS. Whether participating in an event, donating, volunteering or spreading the word, everyone can join our commitment to raise funds for and awareness of a disease that affects thousands of families in our area.

At MoveforMS.org you can:

  • Sign up for Walk MS, Bike MS: City to Shore Ride, MuckFest MS or Zumbathon® for MS
  • Volunteer at an event or at the chapter
  • Make a donation
  • Join our advocacy efforts by becoming an MS Activist

In addition, during MS Awareness Week, the Society will be hosting several events to educate local residents about this unpredictable disease, including the MS Experience Lab where individuals can experience a simulation of the symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis.

This year, make the choice and come together with your community to share, educate and build awareness around multiple sclerosis. Visit moveforMS.org for more information or call 1-800-FIGHT-MS and join the movement.

About the National MS Society

MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn't. We do this through our home office and 50-state network of chapters by funding more MS research, providing more services to people with MS, offering more professional education and furthering more advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world.

Note to editors: Please contact Yarissa Reyes to speak with a local resident affected by MS or to partake in the MS Experience Lab.

CONTACT: Media Contact: Yarissa Reyes 215-271-1500 x-24110 yarissa.reyes@nmss.orgSource:National MS Society Greater Delaware Valley Chapter