Providing "A Brighter Tomorrow" for those with multiple sclerosis and others affected by this illness is what the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Inc. (MSF) strives to do each day. This contemporary, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offers personal support and unique services to every community in the United States.

Founded in 1986, the MSF is the only national MS support organization that focuses on both complementary and conventional health care options to address the varied symptoms associated with this lifelong neurological disorder.

Through the MSF program services department, people may access valuable support services free of charge. Service include:

In addition, the MSF provides gifts for research into the cause, treatment, prevention, and eventual cure of this still mysterious illness. Research programs are underway at universities and clinics throughout the country. In 1994, the Foundation also affiliated with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Portland, Oregon, providing valuable at-home health care services to persons on the west coast of the United States. This affiliation enables the MSF to offer more services to more people than ever before. It is a first step toward expanding at-home health care services to those with MS across the country and to help those who are home-bound experience an improved quality of life and physical therapy.

Student work is also advanced through a MSF scholarship program. The MSF works with leading clinics, universities and nursing schools to provide funds for student studies and special projects in the areas of quality of life and health care issues related to MS. Today's students are tomorrow's health care providers and the MSF is doing much to focus learning on this troubling disorder.

Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the MSF has done much to promote local South Florida programs and activities. Bright Lights of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation organizes monthly socials to raise awareness and funds for multiple sclerosis and the MSF. These always popular socials are held the last Wednesday of each month at different Fort Lauderdale locations. The Palm Beach County Chapter of Bright Lights holds monthly socials the first Wednesday of every month in the Palm Beach County area. Join one or both. The events are open to the public and always feature exciting raffle give-aways, appetizers, and beverage specials.

Direct services are further provided through the co-sponsored monthly lecture series held at the North Broward Neurological Institute, MS Comprehensive Care Center in Pompano Beach. These monthly lectures are free and open to the public. Topics include medicinal treatments for MS, latest research, adaptive aids, and many others. A lively question and answer session follows each lecture. Lectures are held seasonally and one must call to find out scheduling.

Over 40 regional, independent MS support groups share in the national MSF "umbrella." Through the MSF, independent MS groups obtain a national audience for their local programs. Regional support groups receive MSF financial assistance, and exchange of information and services as part of our growing network. Whether a group has 5 members or 200+, the MSF is the first national organization to offer a central clearinghouse to make national referrals to these separate groups possible. Unique to their own communities, regional MS groups offer an important avenue for support and sharing.

Through all the MSF services, the MS Foundation is pleased to be helping people achieve an improved quality of life and "A Brighter Tomorrow." If you would like to find out more about any of these programs or services, or have a question about MS or the MSF, you can contact the MSF program services department with a e-mail note to: msf4help@bcfreenet.seflin.

Or, call us:

The MS Foundation is located at:
6350 N. Andrews Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309.

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Last Modified:
John M. Kurilec December 4, 1995