Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease in which certain cells of the immune system destroy the fatty myelin coating that surrounds nerve cells (a process known as demyelination). A debilitating disease, MS can affect people’s sense of balance, mobility, vision, strength and cognition; in short, their independence. Although there are a number of treatments options to manage MS symptoms, there is no cure for the disease.
Helping others to better understand this disease betters the chances of getting more people involved in the MS community and helping out in whatever ways we can. Awareness also results in more fundraising opportunities, which can change lives for those with MS, as more funds for research bring new therapies and, possibly, a cure.
Many MS associations, such as the National MS Society, the MS Association of America (MSAA) or the MS International Federation (MSIF), run campaigns regularly to raise awareness. One example is the World MS Day, happening every May 31, and focusing every year on a different theme. Another example is MS Awareness Month, each March.
How can you help?
Most of MS associations provide toolkits of materials and ideas to help you raise awareness. Examples include:
- Volunteer for a MS association. You can be a volunteer, and explain others what the symptoms and the daily challenges that people with MS face. Or you might organize seminars and invite MS experts (nurses, physiotherapists and doctors) to give a talk.
- Join events such as Walk MS, Bike MS or Swim for MS. These events are great fundraising opportunities.
- Get social. You can start by sharing inspirational videos to help others understand MS. The National MS Society invites people to see and share videos on its YouTube Channel.
- Become an activist for MS and involve federal, state and local lawmakers in MS awareness campaigns.
- Follow our Multiple Sclerosis News Today social media pages by adding them to your Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages for other ideas and to get updates about MS research, new therapies, and events around things like MS Awareness Month.
Don’t forget that you, as a volunteer, have an important role in raising awareness and funds for MS. So why not start today?
Note: Multiple Sclerosis News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.