NATIONAL MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY
About The National MS Society, Mid America Chapter
The National MS Society helps each person affected by MS in our area address the challenges of living with MS. We help by raising funds for cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education and providing programs and services that empower people with MS and their families to move their lives forward.
Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Through our chapter’s support services and educational programs for people living with MS and their families and friends, we help connect people in our local communities who want to do something about MS now.
Programs & Services Offered
- Medical research
- Advocacy Ambassadors
- Educational and wellness programs
- Partners in MS Care is a National MS Society program that recognizes and supports quality MS care by encouraging strong partnerships between MS clinicians and the Society.
- Camp Can Do
- Support Groups and one-on-one peer connections
- MS Navigators program provides one-on-one support to provide a comprehensive approach as well as equipment loans.
- Financial assistance program available
- Health Care Professional Education
- Annual scholarships
Did You Know?
- In Nebraska, over 3,200 people have MS, but including family members and caregivers, more than 13,000 people are affected by MS.
- Worldwide, MS organizations have estimated that 2.3 million individuals are living with MS.
- The cause of MS is still unknown – scientists believe the disease is triggered by an as-yet-unidentified environmental factor in a person who is genetically predisposed to respond.
- The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease.
You Can Help
- $10 provides a person newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis crucial information and support resources to help them cope with the new diagnosis.
- $50 provides one Thanksgiving Dinner to a family living with MS through our Traveling Turkeys program. The gift of this meal reduces the stress of the holidays for care partners and minimizes the financial burden for the whole family.
- $100 purchases a cooling vest for a person with MS who is dealing with heat-related challenges that warm weather can often bring. This vest allows them to continue enjoying activities outdoors during the difficult summer months.
- $150 replaces a battery for an electric wheelchair or scooter, allowing people to have more independence and freedom.
- $250 covers costs for housing or utilities to help reduce the economic impact of living with an expensive chronic disease.
- $500 provides two weeks of in-home chore services for a person with MS who is having trouble completing tasks such as laundry, vacuuming, dusting, etc.
- $800 installs a set of hand controls for an automobile to make it accessible, this will enhance the independence of the person living with MS.
- $1,500 mails one quarterly issue of the MS Connection to all Nebraskans with MS.
Dollars at Work
- 566 people from Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri used the MS Navigator services.
- 5 people from Nebraska received $7,500 worth of scholarships
- 3 people from Nebraska were able to get direct financial assistance from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
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