A community advocate, Mary Phillipa Sledge contributes to various organizations including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Plan USA. In addition, Mary Phillipa Sledge is a supporter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and is involved with the Memphis branch.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has one mission, which is eradicating multiple sclerosis, often referred to as MS. Affecting 2.3 million people worldwide, MS attacks the central nervous system and prohibits the brain from communicating with the body. The cause of the disease remains a mystery, and the symptoms vary by individual. However, common signs of MS include excessive fatigue, mobility issues, numbness or tingling in different areas of the body, and vision problems. In addition, half of the population diagnosed with MS report severe cognitive changes that affect focus and the ability to learn. While less prevalent in MS patients, speech problems, seizures, and hearing loss are also symptoms.
The organization is heavily involved in research studies that can shine light on the progression of the disease. In addition, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society seeks to discover new therapies and symptomatic treatments that will aid in restoring neurological function.
Learn more about MS and the organization’s work by visiting NationalMSSociety.org.