Over the past eight years, you have probably wondered if your donations have actually made a difference in the fight against MS so I wanted to let you know that every dollar raised has made a huge impact. In 1946 the National MS Society was formed in the US and they funded their first research grant in 1947. Currently, there are more potential therapies in the pipeline for MS than at any other time in history as researchers are developing and testing experimental treatments and tissue repair strategies that may soon be in use for the treatment of MS. The MS Society has funded research that helped lead to the development of each of the six disease modifying drugs approved today for MS (the first of these drugs was approved by the FDA in 1993 and Tom’s drug called Rebif was approved in 2002, just one year before he was diagnosed). They funded a major research collaborative that in 2007 lead to the identification of two genes linked to susceptibility to MS. In 2008 alone, the National MS Society invested nearly $50 Million to support over 440 new and ongoing MS research projects. The strides that have been made over the past fifteen years are truly amazing but for many people, progress has not come fast enough.
Eight-five percent of all funds raised go to support the mission of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Greater New England Chapter which is "to mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS".
If you would like to make a tax deductible donation on-line, please click on the link below to be directed to a secure site at the National MS Society’s donation page for the team member to whom you wish to make a donation.