Thursday, April 16, 2009

MS Activists Protest Inaccessible Subway in NY

At Mets opening day on Monday, MS activists raised awareness for disability rights at the stadium subway station. The Mets-Willets Point station is not fully accessible, and these activists wanted fans to know it. Their story made headlines nationwide. Read the USA Today article here.

Pictured above are New York City Council Member John Liu and New York State Assembly Member Micah Kellner. Seated are MS activist Alexis Alexander (right) and Todd Kreisler from the Center for Independence of the Disabled, NY. Below are more MS activists.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

In the News: Illinois Lottery Releases New MS Ticket, Dash! For Cash

The Illinois Lottery is encouraging the public to continue their support for MS education and awareness by purchasing the newest $2 instant ticket called "Dash! For Cash." On March 4, 2009, the Lottery released "Dash! For Cash" to continue the "movement" to "scratch-out" multiple sclerosis. "Dash! For Cash" is the second instant game created to support the nation's first-ever lottery ticket where 100 percent of the net proceeds are used to help create a world free of MS.

"To date, the first MS ticket has generated more than $1.4 million," said Illinois Lottery Acting Superintendent Jodie Winnett. "We are encouraging our current player base to purchase this ticket, and new players to support this cause as well."

Activists from the National MS Society, Greater Illinois and Gateway Area chapters, which represent more than 20,000 people in Illinois, helped change the way legislators view multiple sclerosis. The new ticket will provide funding for the Illinois Multiple Sclerosis Research Fund. The earmarked funds from the sale of "Dash! For Cash" instant tickets will support much needed research that will help us provide better care through understanding the disease and some day discover a cure.

This is an excerpt from an April 6 press release. Click here to read the full story.