Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (NC) was honored yesterday evening by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for her support of MS research and advocacy for those living with the disease. Hagan was recognized alongside Sen. Johnny Isakson (GA), and Representatives Barbara Lee (CA) and Kevin McCarthy (CA) during the National MS Society’s 33rd Annual Ambassadors Ball.
“It was truly my honor to attend the National MS Society’s reception last night among so many people who are working to rid the world of this devastating disease,” said Hagan. “Multiple Sclerosis affects 10,000 people and their families in North Carolina and 400,000 people nationwide. That is 400,000 too many. By raising awareness of the disease and by working together to foster research and develop programs and services, it is my hope that a potentially life-saving cure and life-altering treatments will be found to help those who are suffering. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress and outstanding organizations, such as the National MS Society, to realize those goals.”
Hagan is a member of the Congressional MS Caucus. She is also a cosponsor of the National Neurological Diseases Surveillance System Act, which establishes the first national registries of neurological diseases, including MS, in order to better understand and treat them. Earlier this year, Hagan and Sens. Bob Casey (PA) and Olympia Snowe (ME) introduced a resolution to recognize Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week during March 14-20 to raise awareness of the disease.
The annual Ambassadors Ball raises vital funds for the National MS Society, which helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.