MS Focus Provides Disaster Relief for People with MS

Nonprofit opens program to provide aid in Puerto Rico, California, and Gulf Coast

Press Release ( - FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Oct 13, 2017 - MS Focus today announced an additional allocation of funds to its existing programs that provide help for people with MS in disaster-affected areas, and the opening of a special application period just for clients who are disaster survivors. The organization offers emergency financial assistance and provides medical equipment, cooling supplies, and other needed items and services to improve quality of life for people with MS.

“Since our focus is on providing for the critical needs of people with MS, normally the calls for assistance after a disaster can be handled within the scope of our daily work,” said Alan Segaloff, the Foundation’s co-executive director. “But the back-to-back disasters – from the hurricanes that have affected Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Gulf coast to the wildfires in California – have increased the demand for our services greatly. As a result, we’re allocating additional funds from our emergency reserves specifically to help people with MS in disaster areas.”

The organization’s Cooling Program, which provides cooling products for people with MS who experience debilitating symptoms when the temperature rises, ended its 2017 cycle on June 1, but a special application period for the program is now being opened for those in disaster zones. “Calls are coming in from people desperately yjffo in need of these products in Puerto Rico,” Segaloff said. “Because of the difficulties in shipping to the area right now, we’re working closely with our friends at Fundación de Esclerosis Múltiple de Puerto Rico to get cooling vests, fans, and other items into the hands of people in need.”

Other needs for disaster survivors are being met through the Emergency Assistance Grant, Transportation Assistance Grant, Assistive Technology Program, and other MS Focus services. Residents of disaster areas can use the standard applications for these programs, which are available online at, by email to, or by calling 888-673-6287.  No special application is required.

Source : Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

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