Friday, March 30, 2007

More than 100,000 Sign Petition for MS Research Funding

Chapter Competition Winners are Recognized

Congratulations to every chapter for their efforts during the recent petition drive for MS research funding! Through hard work, diligent grassroots, and savvy cyber-advocacy, we collected a total of 100,110 petition signatures. During the recent MS Public Policy Conference, CDs with all the signatures were delivered to Capitol Hill and used as support in asking for increased federal funding for MS research.

Each chapter deserves a lot of credit for helping achieve this impressive level of support. Some chapters in particular gathered a considerable number of signatures during this challenge.

Overall, the Delaware Chapter collected the most signatures per capita. The Central New England Chapter collected more signatures total than any other chapter. And six other chapters are recognized for efforts. While no chapter met the exact parameters of our interim challenge, these chapters came in with the next greatest numbers of signatures. They each will receive an autographed copy of Rain Pryor’s book, Jokes My Father Never Taught Me: Life, Love, and Loss with Richard Pryor.

· Utah State Chapter
· Southern California Chapter
· Northern California Chapter
· Central North Carolina Chapter
· Michigan Chapter
· Wisconsin Chapter

Below are the final, actual numbers of signatures for every chapter:

Central New England 11,110
Utah State 3,867
Southern California 3,799
Northern California 3,303
Central North Carolina 3,271
Michigan 3,213
Wisconsin 3,160
Upstate New York 3,112
Greater Delaware Valley 3,107
New York City 3,058
Allegheny District 2,523
Mid Florida 2,315
Greater Illinois 2,267
Lone Star 2,266
Delaware 2,077
Mid Atlantic 2,074
National Capital 1,703
Eastern North Carolina 1,620
Ohio Buckeye 1,618
Georgia 1,506
Central Pennsylvania 1,390
North Central States 1,304
Indiana State 1,296
Minnesota 1,289
Mid America 1,226
North Florida 1,197
Oregon 1,100
Maryland 1,013
Gateway Area 979
Greater Washington 966
South Florida 833
Mid South 805
Colorado 740
Mid Jersey 708
Oklahoma 699
Pacific South Coast 686
Arizona 651
Greater Connecticut 644
Alabama 621
Maine 606
Blue Ridge 554
Louisiana 521
Greater North Jersey 508
Long Island 437
West Virginia Division 417
North Western Ohio 401
North Central Texas 397
Rhode Island 339
Nebraska 309
Hampton Roads 301
Central Virginia 298
Kentucky/SE Indiana 295
Southern New York 281
Ohio Valley 268
Arkansas Division 221
West Texas Division 201
Nevada Division 170
Wyoming Division 155
Great Basin Sierra Division 132
Idaho Division 126
Vermont Division 124
Rio Grande Division 115
Alaska Division 113
Inland North West 113
Mississippi Division 107
Montana Division 93
Hawaii Division 84
Panhandle Division 81
Western Connecticut 67
South Central &
Western Kansas Division 39
Don’t Know 13,121

TOTAL 100,110

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