What is MS?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, incurable, and progressive autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from tingling sensations to near paralysis. Its progressive nature worsens symptoms over time. Fatigue, pain and cognitive problems are common. It usually begins with people from 20 to 50. Women are affected far more than men. Approximately 2,500 people in the greater Roanoke area have MS.
Multiple Sclerosis Alliance of Virginia (MSAV):
The MSAV focuses on helping provide programs, events, activities and services for people whose lives have been affected by MS, including veterans. The MSAV educates and empowers people living with MS, their care partners, friends and family. We will guide people to organizations that can assist with their needs. We also contribute to awareness in the community including educational programs for young people, first responders and community organizations. All money raised by the MSAV will stay right here in our community. Our totally volunteer organization plans to encourage and expand support groups to include assisted living facilities, homebound people and help others start upbeat groups in their area.
The MSAV is headquartered in Roanoke and serves Roanoke, Salem and surrounding counties. Key programs supported by MSAV include monthly daytime and evening meetings of MS support groups; an annual conference bringing together health professionals, pharmaceutical companies and MS folks from the area; assistance to people with MS; and clothing to MS individuals in need.
For more information, please visit: http://msallianceofva.org/
How contributions will be used:
Donations will help fund above programs, assist MS people who need urgent help, and generally help people with this debilitating, incurable disease have a more productive life.