R 274
2018 -- H 8260
Enacted 05/30/2018

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Nunes, Shekarchi, Giarrusso, Morgan, and Mattiello
Date Introduced: May 30, 2018

     WHEREAS, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease of the central nervous
system, affecting 2.3 million people worldwide; and
     WHEREAS, According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the disease generally
strikes people in the prime of life, between the ages of 20 through 50. The cause and course of the
often debilitating symptoms of MS remain unknown and no cure currently exists; and
     WHEREAS, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has been committed for more than
70 years to a world free of MS, heightening public knowledge about and insight into the disease;
     WHEREAS, Since 1946, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has been a driving force
of MS research, relentlessly pursuing prevention, treatments and a cure, and has invested more
than $900 million in groundbreaking research; and
     WHEREAS, Funds raised through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society fuel $42.1
million dollars of funding for 380 research projects at the best medical centers, universities and
other institutions throughout the United States and abroad, leading to many breakthroughs in the
treatment of MS; and
     WHEREAS, Stopping MS in its tracks, restoring what has been lost, and ending MS
forever is the mission of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and one that all Americans and
Rhode Islanders should support; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby recognizes the importance of finding the cause and cure of MS and
expresses its appreciation for the dedication that the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has
shown toward creating a world free of MS; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That this House hereby recognizes May 30, 2018, as “World MS Day” in
the State of Rhode Island; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Mr. Peter A. Galligan, Chairman of the Board,
National Multiple Sclerosis Society.