World MS Day is observed globally on 30th May every year. The aim of the day is to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis and bring together those who are living with the condition to share their stories.
MS or multiple sclerosis is a neurological condition that affects the brain, optic nerves and spinal cord causing a range of symptoms such as problems with balance, vision and muscle control. The symptoms of MS can be different from one person to another. The cause of MS is currently unknown, and at the moment there is no cure. However, research is progressing quickly in the hope of finding one.
World MS Day was first launched in 2009 by the MS International Federation, each year the campaign will focus on a different theme. For 2018 the theme is Bringing Us Closer, and the campaign aims to help connect those affected by MS with people involved in MS research and fundraising. Participants are asked to assist in raising awareness by sharing their stories using the hashtags #bringinguscloser and #worldmsday on social media.
Anyone wishing to take part can find out more about events happening in their local area and request a free toolkit including a range of resources to conduct their own campaign by visiting www.worldmsday.org