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MS Awareness Week takes place nationwide March 10 to 17

Feb. 26, 2008

Contact: Emily Wilson

MINNEAPOLIS — Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week takes place nationwide March 10 to 17. The National MS Society, Minnesota Chapter encourages people throughout the state to join the movement to end MS — a chronic disease of the central nervous system that affects an estimated 9,000 people in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Volunteer “street teams” will have a presence in greater Minnesota communities and metro area locations including transit hubs, skyways and more, providing information about MS and ways to get involved through events and volunteering.

Also, MS activists from across Minnesota will attend the Minnesota Chapter’s 2008 Capitol Conference in St. Paul Tuesday, March 11, where they will meet with their legislators to advocate for a caregiver tax credit for people who care for a loved one with a disability.

The Minnesota Chapter encourages people to join the movement to end MS and help people affected by the disease move forward during MS Awareness Week. There are countless ways to help spread awareness about MS, including registering for a Bike MS, Walk MS or motorsport event, volunteering for a Minnesota Chapter program or event, making your mark against MS at http://www.themsmovement.org/ or simply telling five people it’s MS Awareness Week and encouraging them to get involved in the MS movement.

For information about volunteer opportunities during MS Awareness Week, contact Jenna Washnieski at 612-335-7981 or jwashnieski@mssociety.org.



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