Friday, August 31, 2012


From August 6th to September 7th, members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are back in their home states for August Recess.  MS Activists, including those living with MS, from around the country are taking the opportunity to meet with their legislators to discuss funding priorities for the MS community including MS Research funding in the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) and through the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and funding for the Lifespan Respite Care Program that supports family caregivers.  While Congress is likely going to delay final funding levels until early next year by passing a “Continuing Resolution,” these visits keep momentum going and focus on the MS community.

Activists are also using this time to encourage their federal legislators to be involved with the Society through Walk events and to show their commitment to developing policy solutions for people affected by MS by joining the Congressional MS Caucus. 

Here are a few pictures from August Recess visits from the Society’s South Central Region!

Meeting with Representative Gene Green (TX-29), a member of the MS Caucus and the important Energy and Commerce Committee, was MS Activist Jeff Armbruster (right) and MS Society Staff Alicia Barron (left). 

In another August Recess visit by the South Central Region, MS Activists Preston Walker (center) and Tracy Penley (right) met with Barbara Ragland (left)—District Director for Representative Kay Granger (TX-12) who sits on the powerful Appropriations Committee. 

Thanks to all the MS Activists taking time during August Recess to meet with the legislators to discuss issues critical to creating a world free of MS!  If you have pictures from your August Recess visits, share them by e-mailing them to

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