09.14.11

Barbara Lee Receives Honor from MS Society

Contact Kristal DeKleer (202) 225-1882

Washington, D.C. On Wednesday, September 14, 2011, Congresswoman Barbara Lee was honored by the National MS Society for her relentless dedication to end Multiple Sclerosis.

Upon accepting the award, Congresswoman Lee said, “Thank you to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for this award.  Thank you so much for your dedication to this very important, life affirming cause.  Your support means so much to so many and we all are deeply grateful for your assistance.  “I am so pleased to be able to join you and celebrate the work that you do.  Tonight, I am accompanied by my sister, Mildred, who was diagnosed with MS when she was 26 yrs old.  She has been living a productive and fruitful life. She has learned about the treatments and medications and fortunately she has had access to some of the best health care possible. But she wants everybody to have access to the types of treatment she has had.   I will continue to fight hard to invest more funding in finding the causes of MS, to prevent it, to improve existing therapies, to expand access to treatment, and yes, with your support, to keep working until we find a cure!  On behalf of my constituents of the 9th Congressional District of California, all of those living with MS, my family and friends and my sister Mildred, thank you for this amazing award tonight.” 

Congresswoman Lee introduced H.R. 138 to urge local governments to support of the goals and ideals of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week.  Lee also introduced H.R. 883, an effort to serve youth with neurological conditions through supporting adult day programs.

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