What Is MS?
When asking friends, family, co-workers and neighbors for donations, you may be asked, "What is MS?" Use the following information to let them know about the disease you are fundraising for:
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. MS damages the myelin (nerve coverings) in the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerve fibers interfering with the transmission of signals from the brain to other parts of the body. This disruption of nerve signals produces the primary symptoms of MS, which vary depending on where the damage has occurred.
The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. Today, new treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people affected by the disease.
While the cause of MS is still not known, many studies are ongoing to find ways to treat and ultimately cure the diseae.
In the United States today, there are approximately 400,000 people with multiple sclerosis (MS) - with 200 more people diagnosed every week. Worldwide, MS is thought to affect more than 2.1 million people.