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In a realignment of chapter territories, the Mid-Atlantic and Eastern North Carolina Chapters of the National MS Society have joined together to form the Greater Carolinas Chapter. The new chapter serves a total of 13,500 individuals and their families in South Carolina and 82 counties in North Carolina. The National MS Society serves people living with multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system for which there is no cure.
By improving fundraising effectiveness and streamlining administrative procedures, a greater percentage of money raised will benefit the mission: a world free of MS. The combination of the two chapters will also increase programs and services to improve the quality of life of people with MS, and funding for research to move us closer to a cure for the disease. New services available to people with MS include care management, expanded programming and additional financial assistance. For more information about the new chapter and programs and services available, visit http://www.nationalMSsociety.org/greatercarolinas.
The new chapter will continue to have staff, volunteers and offices in both Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C., along with a programs manager and fundraising events manager focused exclusively on South Carolina.
The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to move together for a world free of multiple sclerosis. The core values we live by are commitment, leadership, integrity, excellence and teamwork.
For more information regarding the combination of the two chapters please call 1-800-344-4867 or e-mail Jennifer.Gawler@nmss.org.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with the disease. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and over 2.1 million worldwide.
About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. The X Chapter serves 13,500 individuals affected by MS in 82 counties in North Carolina and all of South Carolina. Headquartered in Raleigh with an additional office in Charlotte, we help each person address the challenges of living with MS through programs, services and research funding. In 2010 alone, the Society devoted $159 million to programs and services that assisted more than one million people. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $37 million to support 325 new and ongoing research projects around the world. We are dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. If you or someone you know has MS, please contact the National MS Society today at http://www.nationalMSsociety.org/nct or 1-800-FIGHT MS (1-800-344-4867) to learn about ways to help manage multiple sclerosis and about current research that may one day reveal a cure.