Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month – March 2019

March

Our central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) acts like a telegraph line — constantly sending messages to the body so that we can do things like move our limbs, or even blush. When the CNS is unable to communicate effectively, the effects can be disabling. Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month, each March, is a time to support the approximately 2.5 million people worldwide who suffer from this disease. MS occurs when the body’s immune system attacks nerve cells and renders them unable to properly transmit information. While there are many effective treatments, there’s still no definitive cause or cure. 

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month timeline

2018

Promising new treatments

NYU published a study about innovative stem cell treatment for MS symptoms. After receiving a series of injections, two patients in a phase 1 study who had been previously unable to walk were able to complete a walking test. 

May 30, 2009

First World MS Day

The Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF) and its members initiated the first World MS Day, celebrated every year since on May 30.

1993

Drug treatments approved

First proven drug treatment of MS was approved. Today there are 15 drugs for symptoms maintenance.

1988

First organized Walk MS

Participants of this annual charity event have raised $1 billion in research funds.

1868

MS identified and named

Famed neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot (a teacher of Sigmund Freud), lectured on the effects of MS and named the disease.

How to Observe Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

  1. Walk MS

    These events bring passionate people together looking to change the world for those affected by MS. Walk MS has generated over $1 billion.

  2. Get educated

    Learn more about current advocacy issues. Also, look into making a donation and forming a corporate partnership.

  3. Participate in MS Awareness Week

    MS Awareness Week runs from March 10-16. This event allows you to communicate with others who suffer from this disease.

Why Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month is Important

  1. About 2.5 million people worldwide live with MS

    That includes an estimated 400,000 in the U.S. People who reside in more temperate climates are more likely to develop MS than those living near the equator — or in the far north or south.

  2. Unpredictable symptoms

    Those affected typically contend with extreme fatigue, difficulty walking, balance problems, and weakened vision. MS symptoms can often be inconsistent and vary depending on the person.

  3. There is no direct cause

    Environmental factors, infectious agents, and immune reactions may all play a role. Scientists are also looking into genetic markers within families.

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month dates
YearDateDay
2019March 1Friday
2020March 1Sunday
2021March 1Monday
2022March 1Tuesday
2023March 1Wednesday