Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Move It! During MS Awareness Week and Help Ensure $15 Million for MS Research

It is MS Awareness Week (March 8-14) and a particularly important time for you to Move It! to help secure $15 million for MS research.

The deadline for members of Congress to signal support for MS research funding in the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) is fast approaching. Take action today and urge your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative to support a $15 million appropriation under the CDMRP that will help scientists to better understand the causes of MS and help find a cure.

This research money is vital because preliminary evidence suggests that Gulf War veterans are at an increased risk of being diagnosed with MS due to exposure to neurotoxins such as gases and other combat related pollutants. Currently, more than 20,000 veterans being treated in the VHA are living with a diagnosis of MS. MS activists have already helped secure nearly $10 million to learn more about these environmental factors. Take action today and build on that momentum so that we can move closer to a world free of MS.

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