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Olseen Honored by National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 at 6:05 am

Minneapolis, MN- The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter recently presented Sen. Rick Olseen, Harris, Minn., with a 2008 Legislator of the Year Award for his leadership and support for Senate File 2695 — leading to a new law requiring enhanced planning for transit services for seniors and people with disabilities.

Throughout the 2008 legislative session, Olseen stood behind legislation designed to better meet the accessible transit needs of people with disabilities across the state of Minnesota into the future. Olseen accepted the award at the National MS Society, Minnesota Chapter’s MS Annual Convention, held Nov. 21 to 23 in Minneapolis.

“Senator Olseen showed unwavering support for this legislation to help improve transit services for seniors and people with disabilities throughout the state of Minnesota,” said Maureen Reeder, president of the National MS Society, Minnesota Chapter. “The Minnesota Chapter is extremely grateful to him for being a champion of this important legislation, which became a reality thanks to his support and dedication.”

About multiple sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.5 million worldwide.

About the National MS Society
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS through our 50 state network of chapters. We fund more MS research, provide more services to people with MS, offer more professional education and further more advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world. The society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. We are people who want to do something about MS now. The Minnesota Chapter represents an estimated 9,000 people with MS in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Join the movement at nationalmssociety.org.

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