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Modern Society is an enthusiastic group of young professionals committed to volunteering their time, talents and energy to promote MS awareness through various volunteer activities and fundraising events. Join to meet new people, network, attend great events and, most importantly, support the chapter’s comprehensive programs and support services for people living with MS and their families.  One of Modern Society's many committees is the Programs and Services Committee that organizes "Polos and Pearls" every year to help fund programs and services to the more than 13,800 people living with MS in North and South Carolina.  For more information, visit:

About MS: MS interrupts the flow of information from the brain to 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 contracting the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the US and 2.5 million worldwide.

MS can be a particularly demanding disease. It demands significant financial resources for treatment and care. It demands the time and energy of family and other caregivers. It demands that the future be considered in new ways that may compromise emotional and financial security.

Financial Assistance:

We know that living with MS can cause some people to face financial challenges. In response to these challenges, the chapter provides limited financial assistance for emergency needs such as utilities, rent, mortgage and food. The chapter also may assist with medical equipment and repairs, home and auto modifications, respite, medical transportation and activities for children.


We hear all too often that the economic consequences of MS delay or prevent qualified students from attending college. The National MS Society strongly believes that MS shouldn’t stand in the way of an education. This is why the scholarship program exists ― to help highly qualified students achieve their academic potential. The Scholarship Volunteer Leadership Team is a group of self-directed volunteers who develop and manage a plan to expand the scholarship offerings made by the Chapter to first-time college students living with MS or the children whose parents live with MS.


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