Numerous people have asked questions about MS. What is it? Who gets it? Where does it come from? These are not short answers, if they even have answers yet. But one place you can find a lot of information on it for the newly diagnosed, oldly (can I say that?) diagnosed, family and friends of those diagnosed, and even health care providers for those diagnosed with MS, is the National MS Society. The NMSS provides a significant source of information and support for those suffering from MS, as well as research funding to help put an end to it.
The significance of that last statement cannot be understated given a recent memo from Goldman Sachs and reported on by CNBC. In a nutshell, it puts forth the recommendation that curing chronic disease is far less financially lucrative than treating chronic disease. After all, once you cure someone, you theoretically just lost a customer. While I have difficulty arguing the legitimacy of the statement, the morality of such a statement simultaneously angers and chills me to the bone. Apparently we cannot presume that pharmaceutical companies really are working to find solutions to our most urgent needs. Enter non-profits such as the National MS Society.
In 2017, the Society invested $40 million in MS research with more than 360 active projects around the world. Through its comprehensive nation-wide network of services, the Society also invested $100 million to help more than a million individuals affected by MS connect to the people, information and resources needed to live their best lives. Since its founding by Sylvia Lawry in March 1946, the Society has invested more than $1 billion to advance MS research and is recognized as the catalyst for all major advancements in MS.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.
Approximately 75% of total revenue is devoted to research and services for people living with MS, while the remainder is invested in support services such as fundraising and management.
The Society partners with the healthcare community to promote access to comprehensive high-quality healthcare. Information about MS and the Society’s services are available 24-hours a day by calling (800) 344-4867.
I am very proud to focus my efforts to put an end to this disease, and to directly benefit the NMSS to assist them in all they do for people like me and my family. Perhaps for you and yours, as well.