SPRINGFIELD — Freedom Credit Union is collecting cash donations at its 11 branches throughout Western Mass. to benefit Walk MS 2021, which supports the work of the National MS Society. Donations will be accepted through Saturday, May 29.
“Multiple sclerosis is a devastating disease that can have a severe impact on a person’s quality of life,” Freedom Credit Union President Glenn Welch said. “We are proud to raise awareness and funds to help patients overcome some of the challenges they face and spread the word about the phenomenal efforts of the National MS Society.”
Throughout the month of May, Freedom Credit Union employees and members, as well as the community at large, are invited to make monetary donations at any Freedom branch. All funds raised will benefit Walk MS 2021 and the National MS Society.
MS is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts communications signals within the brain and between the body and the brain. Patients may experience a wide range of symptoms that can include numbness and tingling, mood changes, memory problems, pain, fatigue, blindness, paralysis, and more, all of which may be temporary or permanent.
The largest private funder of MS research in the world, the National MS Society has invested more than $1 billion to date toward developing solutions to help people overcoming the challenges of living with MS, as well as toward research funding.
“In addition to collecting donations, we also encourage the community to show their support for this important cause by participating in one of the walks,” Welch said. “There are several local opportunities coming up in Western Massachusetts and Connecticut on May 15.”