No Opportunity Wasted—NOW
MS is complicated. So is MS research.
The science is difficult to understand
and the steps between idea and
treatment are complex. But the
solutions that research leads to are
elegantly simple. Stop the progression
of MS. Restore functions already lost
to MS. And end MS for future generations. These
solutions are the focus of NOW, our five-year
STOP RESTORE END
$250 million research fundraising commitment.
him in the MS field, but, he said, “made me feel
accountable. I tapped into a whole community, a
bigger purpose, because of contacts with patients
and family members as well as other MS specialists.”
Now he’s tackling the challenges of understanding
myelin membrane structure, a critical component
to repairing damaged myelin.
“We are committed to pursuing all promising
paths,” said Dr. Timothy Coetzee, the Society’s
chief research officer.
“We’re serious about leaving no stone unturned,”
Dr. Coetzee continued. “We must increase our
investment in potential leads, with a focus on
progressive forms of MS, and we must support
health policy and rehabilitation research because
they can maximize quality of life. Only a
comprehensive approach to all three solutions
will achieve a world free of MS.”
Become a Champion for MS Research
Do questions about MS research sometimes leave
you feeling stumped? Do you wish for a simpler
way to talk about why MS research is so important?
Join us today by going to nationalMSsociety
.org/nowchampion or by calling 1-800-344-4867.
Armed with some clear concepts, Champions help
others get informed and involved.
Follow the challenge
Research Champions can more easily follow
developments and what they mean—research
by people like Dr. Jonah Chan and Dr. Angela
Hahn, a Society research fellow, whom Dr. Chan
is mentoring at the University of California, San
Francisco. Chan has been supported by a career
transition award from the Society. It not only kept
Dr. Hahn, who developed MS herself while in
graduate school, brings a special commitment to
her work. “When I was interviewed by Jonah he
worried that I’d be frustrated with the slow process
of research. But my training had taught me that
even a failed experiment is progress. When the
work is hard I still have motivation.”
Research Champions are critical in helping the
Society reach the $250 million goal. NationalMS
society.org/nowchampion tells how. To discuss
other giving opportunities, please call the
Individual Giving team at 1-800-923-7727.
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