Friday, May 4, 2007

MS Activists Online and On the Move

MS activists have really been moving recently. Thanks to all of you who have taken action on many important MS issues. Congress still is considering legislation on increased funding for MS research, bio-generic drugs, stem cell research, and more. We will continue to keep you informed as these issues progress, but here are some new ways you can get involved.

National Autoimmune Diseases Awareness Month
A new federal resolution could establish the month of May as National Autoimmune Diseases Awareness Month (H. Res. 258). The resolution would help raise awareness for the under-recognized autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, that afflict 24.5 million Americans. And it would establish the goal of increasing federal funding for research into the root causes.

Collectively, autoimmune diseases are one of the top 10 leading causes of death among children and women under 65. However, less than 6 percent of Americans surveyed in a recent Roper poll could identify an autoimmune disease. Help raise awareness for autoimmune disease. Call your Representative today at 1-800-828-0498. Ask them to support May as National Autoimmune Diseases Awareness Month (H. Res. 258).

"i'm Making a Difference"
Thanks to a new relationship with Microsoft, you can support MS programs and services simply by using Windows Live Messenger. i’m is a new initiative in which Microsoft donates a portion of the program’s advertising revenue to the Society. It’s free, and it only takes a minute to download. Visit to join. Select the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as your organization when you join.

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