WHEREAS, multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease of the central nervous system, affecting 2.3 million people worldwide, which generally strikes people in the prime of life between ages 20 through 50, causing unpredictable effects in which the progression, severity and specific symptoms cannot be foreseen, and the cause and cure for this often debilitating disease remain unknown; and
WHEREAS, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – National Capital Chapter reports that in Arlington more than 360 people are diagnosed with MS, and as many as 1400 relatives and caregivers may be touched by MS; and
WHEREAS, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – National Capital Chapter has been committed for more than 57 years to a world free of MS, heightening public knowledge about and insight into the disease; and
WHEREAS, since 1946 the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has been a driving force of MS research, relentlessly pursuing prevention, treatment and a cure, and has invested more than $868 million in groundbreaking research; and
WHEREAS, funds raised through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society fuel the efforts of nearly 380 research projects globally totaling $50.6 million annually at the best medical centers, universities and other institutions throughout the United States and abroad, with MS research never being more hopeful than it is today; and
WHEREAS, discovering the cause, finding a cure, and preventing future generations from being diagnosed with MS is an important task that all Arlingtonians should support; and
WHEREAS, the County recognizes the importance of finding the cause and cure of MS, a chronic and often devastating disease, and expresses its appreciation and admiration for the dedication that the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – National Capital Chapter has shown toward a future free of MS;
NOW, THEREFORE I, Mary Hynes, Chair of the Arlington County Board, do hereby proclaim March 2-8, 2015 as MS AWARENESS WEEK and encourage all Arlingtonians to learn more about multiple sclerosis and what they can do to support individuals with MS and their families.