Multiple Sclerosis or MS has been in the news lately after actress Annette Funicello succumbed to complications from the disease, and Deb Gordon’s guest was Liz Samurovich, spokesperson for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s New York City – Southern NY Chapter. This Chapter helps people living with MS and their families in all 5 boroughs and also in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange and Sullivan Counties. The organization offers a variety of services including counseling, wellness services, social networking and a 24 hour hotline.
MS is a chronic disease of the nervous system and has proven to be a complex disease with no known cause and Ms. Samurovich provided the audience with facts and detailed information about MS. Discussed were the different types of MS, the signs and symptoms of the disease, and the ways people living with MS can best manage the disease to live fully and live well.
Ms. Sumarovich also discussed the latest treatment options and research developments including the brand new oral disease-modifying therapy recently approved in March. The organization also serves as advocates for those with MS on a variety of issues including access to health care, health insurance, transportation and accessibility. The community is encouraged to “join the movement” and travel to Washington with the MS Society to advocate for the cause.
Spotlighted the 25th annual Walk MS NY, which will be held in various cities on April 27 and 28. The Staten Island Walk will be held on April 27th at Clove Lakes Park from 9:30 to 12pm. The New York City Walk kicks off at 9:30am on April 28th at South Street Seaport’s Pier 17. Ms. Samurovich encourages the community to come out and participate in the Walks to help raise awareness and funds to support people living with MS.
For more information, to register for Walk MS NYC or to volunteer, visit www.msnyc.org.
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