Friday, January 4, 2008

Looking Forward to MS Activism in 2008

2007 was a year of tough fights, but we have many successes to celebrate. Thanks to your hard work and MS activism, we opened up a new funding stream for MS research in the Department of Defense and built a new bi-partisan Congressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus on Capitol Hill. But we still have a great deal of work to do in 2008:

  • MS treatments remain very costly and out of reach for too many people.
  • Too many important federal agencies continue to be under funded such as the NIH, CDC, SSA, and the Food and Drug Administration.
  • Stem cell research in the federal arena has made progress, but we have not yet reached our goal of advancing it potential through expanded federal funding.
  • We must eliminate discrimination against people living with disabilities by passing the ADA Restoration Act.

To accomplish these goals in 2008, we must continue to inform members of Congress about MS and related policies. In 2007, you sent nearly 100,000 emails to your legislators. Some MS activists sent 40, 60, even 80 messages about MS issues. One man took action 100 times — now that’s MS activism. Thank you. MS activists are among the most passionate and effective grassroots groups in this country. We are confident that your efforts will continue to make better public policy for people living with MS and their families.

Thank you for being an MS activist this year. Join the movement at

1 comment:

MS Activist said...

The following comment came in from one of our readers:

Just thought I'd point this out since you have a couple recent posts regarding SSD. Both these posts are from "My Disability Blog" at

The first one is about a proposed change with regard to disability hearings and the second is about the backlogs in the system: