The Multiple Sclerosis Society Drive Towards an MS-Free World

With a degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, Scott Sjoberg served as a local sales manager at KCTV. Alongside work, Scott Sjoberg is passionate about giving back to the community and purposeful organizations. He has donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

In 1946, Sylvia Lawry invited and gathered 20 scientists and researchers and founded the MS Society. This was after an unfruitful search for information on her brother’s condition, who had MS.

MS affects the central nervous system and disrupts communication, signals, and exchanges between the brain and the body, leading to memory loss, visual imbalance, and extremities numbness and sometimes pain. The symptoms, often unpredictable, vary from person to person.

The MS society aims to provide a central knowledge base, research, and funding platform for patients, caregivers, researchers, and medical practitioners, eventually seeking an MS-free world. To achieve this mission, the primary MS programs revolve around research, awareness creation, funding, and support. These facets range from coalescing and distributing new knowledge on MS, funding an MS DNA bank, and launching a global approach forum.

Also, the society has been continuously recognized for partnering with drug and medical technology industries, supporting MS researchers’ career development, and specific sub-initiatives. One of the hallmark programs is the data-driven International Progressive MS Alliance. The initiative identifies and supports therapies for those with acute stages or MS levels facing limited options.

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