ABOUT MS

Multiple Sclerosis Limited is the go-to provider of information, advice and support for people affected by multiple sclerosis.

 We’re a combined entity of the ACT, NSW, Victoria and Tasmania with over 60 years' insight into how to live well with progressive neurological conditions.

Multiple Sclerosis Limited (MSL) offers vital support and services for people living with multiple sclerosis while the search for a cure continues.

We are here so no one has to face MS alone.

WHAT IS MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS?

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic and often debilitating disease which attacks the central nervous system (the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves). The term multiple sclerosis means ‘many scars’ and depending on where those scars (lesions) develop, they result in various symptoms.

It is the most common neurological disease in young adults and often attacks people at the time of their lives when they are planning families and building a career. The average age of diagnosis is between 20 and 40 years of age, although symptoms may begin much earlier, and three out of four people living with multiple sclerosis are women.

No two cases of multiple sclerosis are identical and the severity and progression of the condition cannot be predicted.

Multiple sclerosis attacks the central nervous system (the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves)

Symptoms of multiple sclerosis include extreme fatigue, blurred vision and balance issues

Multiple sclerosis is a lifelong disease for which there is no known cure...yet

1 in 3 Australians will be directly impacted through a diagnosed family member, friend or colleague

For many people with MS, the symptoms are invisible

There's been occasions where strangers have asked Rachael to get up out of a seat on a train because they perceive her as young and healthy.

“Just because you can’t see MS, you can’t judge people because you have no idea what they go through every other day. It could be a great day, but the rest of the days could be difficult. No one knows what I’m going through unless I tell them."

Rachael Hendry, MS Ambassador

1 in 3 Australians will be directly impacted by multiple sclerosis through a family member, friend or colleague. The uncertainty of what lies ahead after diagnosis can be a difficult experience, and that's why we are here to make sure no one faces MS alone.

 

HERE'S HOW YOUR SUPPORT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE

MS ADVISOR
More than 1,600 people with MS will receive specialised advice from caring nurses, occupational therapists and social workers through MS Advisor.

MS CONNECT
This year, people with MS, their families and carers will reach out over 27,000 times to our free helpline and support centre, MS Connect.

MS PEER SUPPORT
Nearly 600 new people with MS and their loved ones, will find social connection through MS Peer Support groups, held online, in-person and by phone.

MS EDUCATION
Over 2,700 people will participate in MS Education webinars and events to better understand and live with MS.

NDIS SUPPORT
Around 1,500 people will seeks assistance with their NDIS plans

MS EMPLOYMENT
Over 700 people will receive employment support to help them stay in their jobs, or to find employment.

By fundraising, you are ensuring the continuation of programs such as MS Connect which provides guidance and support when needed, MS Education, Wellbeing Support Program and MS Advisor programs all helping people living with MS maintain their quality of life, employment and delay disease progression.

 

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Thank you to all our amazing 2021 MS Melbourne Run + Ride Festival sponsors and supporters.
Your support is invaluable and we couldn't host the event without you!