The MS society has been a constant source of support for my area for at least 35 years. Their support has helped develop new technology and treatment, provided therapy services, provided educations services and has brought awareness to my community. We have participated in the Walk for years and every year it is humbling to see how much effort the society gives toward each participant. The Society is a source of hope.
They help us in more ways that I can count, because of the MS Society, I feel I have a place in the world, no matter what others say or how someone, like one of the people running for the GOP nomination, had no problem making fun of all of us, or others when I could walk and would fall accused me of being drunk. Are we all to be punished for not being well? We go to the society not just for information, help if we're in need (our meds are already rising) but to feel part of some world; right now we do not belong in this one. I never thought I'd love the MS society more until this year.
When I was diagnosed with MS 23 yrs ago I was a scared young professional woman and a new Mom. I thought my world had collapsed. I turned to my local MS chapter for information. What I received was so much more! I received guidance, friendship, support both financial and psychological. Through all these years the support has been amazing! Every staff member seems to really believe in their mission.
The Airzona Chapter of the National MS Society works tirelessly to support individuals and families living with MS. The MS Walks, Bike MS, Women Against MS Luncheon, and Corks and Chords are all well-run fundraising events - raising much needed dollars to provide cutting edge research, services and programs. Volunteers are welcomed and critical to the success of their work. I started volunteering with this chapter when my son was diagnosed with MS 10 years ago. Our family participates in the Phoenix MS Walk and the WAMS Luncheon. I attended the National Leadership Conference this year and was amazed by the number of caring people working together to stop MS in it's tracks. This is an organization worth supporting. When my son was diagnosed, there were few treatment options to stop progression of the disease. Now there are many, and more being developed. Stopping progression is critical, and one step toward a cure. Thank you to all who have supported the NMSS. It is making a difference for our family, and all families living with MS.
Excellent charity. Their programs range from cutting edge research to services to funding. They have an excellent reputation, both in the scientific and human services communities.
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I made one donation to the National MS Society several years ago in memory of a colleague's father who passed away. I never had any intention of making another donation because I already support several other charities that are closer to me. For years I received the Momentum magazine in the mail a few times a year and when I finally had time to deal with it, I emailed them to ask them to take me off of their list. I included my name and address. I got an email back from the Publications Associate who informed me that they do not handle that and that I'd have to call a number to get removed from the list. First of all, to remove yourself from the list, they just need your name and address so if they had good donor management, she would have called that number for me and the matter would have been done. I called the number several times and the service they used was closed, so naturally I moved on with my day and didn't think of it until I received the next issue in the mail 3 months later. I looked back in my email and tried the number again. Closed again. So I wrote back to the Associate and asked her to please handle this for me. She sent a curt response that no she couldn't because she didn't have access to the list and they have more urgent things to do. That's nice, well maybe they'd have more money to hire more people if they weren't wasting all that money sending publications to people who don't want them. She copied someone from a local chapter on that, who sent me a nice email but also did not actually remove me from the list. So that was in August, and I just got my next edition in the mail today. Hence this review. At least this time when I called the service they were open and while they said I'll be removed, apparently I might still get the next one or two issues (which btw, equates to 6 months).
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