Casey, Snowe, Hagan Recognize Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week

WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) applauded the passage of a bipartisan resolution, S. Res. 84, they introduced to recognize Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week during the week of March 14-20, 2011.

“I applaud the passage of this resolution which recognizes and reaffirms our commitment to combating Multiple Sclerosis,” said Senator Casey.  “I hope that we can raise awareness about the devastating impact of this disease and the work being done by researchers across the Nation to improve our understanding of the disease, develop new treatments and hopefully, one day, a cure.”

“It is imperative that we raise awareness about this disease, which affects hundreds of thousands of Americans and their families,” said Senator Snowe.  “In this age of medical innovation we have both an opportunity and an obligation to find a cure for MS.”

“Multiple Sclerosis is a devastating disease that affects 10,000 people and their families in North Carolina, as well as hundreds of thousands across the country,” Hagan said. “By raising awareness of the disease, and the research programs, treatments and services available for Americans living with MS, it is my hope that a potentially life-saving cure and life-altering treatments will be found to help those who are suffering.”

The resolution states MS affects approximately 400,000 Americans of all ages, genders, races and ethnicities.  Multiple Sclerosis is a disease in the central nervous system without a cure.  It affects a patient’s immune system and the cause is still unknown.   The resolution also recognizes and reaffirms our commitment to combating MS by promoting awareness about its causes and risks by promoting new education programs, supporting research and expanding access to medical treatment.