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To improve the qality of life of persons with Multiple Sclerosis and their families
At the MSSP, our sole purpose is to help improve the quality of life for those living with MS, including family members and caregivers. We offer a wide range of information to help those dealing with MS to understand the disease. We provide referrals to a wide range of programs and support, and our services are designed with the comfort, convenience and relaxation of those with MS. Here are some of the services we provide:
• Project Helping Hands brings volunteer licensed massage therapists together with people with MS. The LMTs provide up to 8 free massages to soothe the discomfort of MS. • Sheila’s Gift - At age 18, during her first year of college, Ms. Converse was diagnosed with the rarest form of MS (primary progressive). She steadily and continually worsened until at age 45 she died in Ashland, Oregon. Ms. Converse left a bequest (Sheila’s Gift) which designates funds be used to improve the lives of minor children living in Southern Oregon (Ashland/Medford areas) whose parents have been diagnosed with MS. • We can provide a wide variety of medical equipment , such as wheelchairs, canes, scooters and shower benches. • We have some funds for emergency, one-time needs, with everything from moving to housecleaning. • Because the heat of summer can intensify some symptoms of MS, we give out portable air conditioners to those who need them through our Summer Comfort program. • We have peer counselors ready and willing to help you understand the challenges of MS, and will soon have them available on line. • We have numerous social activities available for relaxation and fun. • Our quarterly newsletter offers additional information, along with stories of inspiration and hope. As an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, MSSP is supported through tax-deductible private contributions , bequests and grants. We collaborate with other MS organizations regionally and nationwide on program services and fundraising events. We receive no federal or state assistance and no United Way funding (other than donor-option contributions). Our services are available to all in Oregon and Southwest Washington.