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Company Spotlight: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society

January 9, 2014

The National MS Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by multiple sclerosis. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.

Debbie Mellentine, Sr. Director of Volunteer Engagement of The National Multiple Sclerosis Society shares the company’s history:

Sylvia Lawry was attending Hunter College with the aim of becoming a lawyer when her younger brother Bernard began experiencing visual and balance problems. They proved to be early symptoms of MS. For several years, the family pursued cures without success, ultimately leading Ms. Lawry to place a small classified notice in The New York Times in 1945: “Multiple Sclerosis. Will anyone recovered from it please communicate with patient.” When the more than 50 replies she received were from individuals as desperate as she to find encouraging news about MS, Sylvia Lawry realized the need for an organized effort to stimulate and finance research into the cure, treatment, and cause of multiple sclerosis. The result was that on March 11, 1946, Ms. Lawry, a lone young woman, gathered 20 of the nation’s most prominent research scientists and founded what would become the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. From these humble beginnings, Ms. Lawry devoted the rest of her life to the pursuit of a world free of MS.

The Mid America Chapter began in 1955 as the Kansas City Chapter with one staff member working out of his home. Today, the Chapter has expanded to an additional three branch offices in Wichita, Omaha and Springfield and currently serves 253 counties in Kansas, Western Missouri, Nebraska and Pottawattamie County. The Mid America Chapter offers programs and services to more 11,000 individuals living with MS and annually raises nearly $5 million to create a world free of MS. Join the movement with us today!

What’s it like to work with The National Multiple Sclerosis Society?

Debbie: The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn’t. Internships with the Mid America Chapter provide students with a solid educational framework, as well as opportunities to gain professional experience and make a difference in the lives of people affected by multiple sclerosis. Year-round opportunities are available in multiple office locations. Make a difference by sharing your time and talents with the Mid America Chapter.

If you’re interested in interning with The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, click here to apply and check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information about this organization, please contact The National Multiple Sclerosis Society at 800-344-4867 (press 2) or email

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