MS Awareness Week

MS Awareness Week

In the regular County Commissioners' meeting on March 14, Commissioners' President Greg Snook presented a proclamation designating the week as Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week in Washington County. Debbie Godlove of the Washington County MS Support Group, and Sondra Funk of the Washington County Disabilities Advisory Committee received the proclamation.
March 13-17 is the first ever Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Week across America. A number of Washington County Citizens have MS, a chronic disease of the central nervous system affecting the brain and spinal cord. It usually strikes adults in the prime of life, between the ages of 20 and 50. Approximately 400,000 Americans are currently living with the devastating effects of MS, and one new case of MS is diagnosed every hour. While significant advances in research have led to several promising treatments that may alter the underlying disease course of MS, there is still no cure.
The Maryland Chapter of the MS Society provides information and referral, medical transportation, support for caregivers and family members, recreational activities, and many other vital programs and services to the more than 5,000 Marylander's living with MS.
In Washington County the local MS Support group sponsors a number of activities that raise funds to promote research into the disease, including the MS Walk, which will be held Saturday, April 22 at the Antietam Battlefield. The proclamation commended the MS Society for serving people for 60 years, and urged all citizens to be aware of MS and the people who have MS.