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Grants Available for Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis; Applications Now Being Accepted.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Diane Butcher is a single mom from Lafayette, Indiana, with multiple sclerosis. Each winter, she struggled to provide a warm home for her child and herself using only her disability income to cover the enormous bill generated by an antiquated furnace.

In 2001, Butcher received one of 60 Brighter Tomorrow Grants from the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and purchased a new, energy-efficient heater.

Brighter Tomorrow Grants of up to $1000 in goods and services are distributed each year to applicants at least 18 years of age who have been diagnosed with MS, or to parents of minors with MS. The grants are meant to improve quality of life by enhancing self-sufficiency, comfort or well-being.

Applications are available at http://www.msfocus.org/ or by calling the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation's Program Services toll-free at 1-888-MSFOCUS.

Past recipients of the grants have received alternative therapy, yoga classes, hobby supplies, computers, air conditioners, home repairs and modifications, appliances, musical instruments, and exercise equipment.

Applicants must explain in 100-words or fewer how this grant could offer them a brighter tomorrow. Basic personal and financial information is also required. If an applicant is unable to write or lacks fluency in English, a friend or family member may assist in this process.

Applications must be postmarked by October 1, 2002. Recipients will be notified after December 1, 2002. All previous applicants who did not receive a grant last year are cordially invited to reapply.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, complicated neurological disorder that affects the central nervous system. Although no two people have the same symptoms, fatigue, weakness, balance, bladder and bowel problems, numbness, vision loss, and cognitive and emotional dysfunction are common. In the United States today, over 350,000 people are diagnosed with this chronic and unpredictable disease. As yet, there is no cure.

The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides assistance to all individuals whose lives are touched by MS. Its mission is to ensure the best quality of life for those coping with this illness. For more information about the MSF and the many services provided, please call (800) 225-6495 or (888) MSFOCUS (673-6287), or visit http://www.msfocus.org/.

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CONTACT: Alan R. Segaloff, Managing Director of The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, +1-800-225-6495, or alan@msfocus.org

Web site: http://www.msfocus.org/
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