A $3 Million Donation For MS Services

Posted on November 4, 2016 by  
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ceo-cyndi-zagieboylo-visits-with-edward-dowdThe National Multiple Sclerosis Society has received what representatives called “a significant, life-changing gift” from Los Altos resident Edward Dowd.

The gift will establish the Edward M. Dowd Personal Advocate Program, enabling some patients to continue living in their homes.

The $3 million, multiyear gift is the largest gift the society has received from an individual donor.

The Edward M. Dowd Personal Advocate Program will expand the society’s services for people living with MS, ensuring that personalized case management is more consistently available to those needing in-depth support.

“For too many people living with MS, significant challenges and roadblocks prevent them from living their best lives,” society officials said in a statement. “Disease progression, employment issues, social and environmental factors, family issues and more can present seemingly insurmountable obstacles to receiving needed housing, home care, medical equipment, insurance and other support.”

Society officials said Dowd’s gift will expand its nationwide network of trained case managers who are knowledgeable about MS and who can provide the level of support necessary for navigating the challenges of MS.

“This life-changing gift will accelerate the collective and individual ability of people affected by MS to live their best lives – connected, solution-focused and resilient,” said society President and CEO Cyndi Zagieboylo. “People affected by MS have a supportive partner in the society to access the information and resources they need to make life choices and to find sustainable, life-changing solutions.”

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.The National MS Society mobilizes people and resources so that anyone afflicted with the disease can have the best possible quality of life.

For more information, visit: nationalmssociety.org

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