Wear purple for World MSA Day
The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition encourages participate in this year’s World MSA Day on Oct. 3, 2013.
Each year members of the global multiple system atrophy community walk one mile and light a candle at 8 p.m. for one hour to raise awareness for this rare disease.
“The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition is pleased to join other MSA organizations and individuals throughout the world in recognizing and participating in World Multiple System Atrophy Day,” said Judy Biedenharn, co-President of The MSA Coalition. “Multiple System Atrophy is a little-known, rare disease affecting about 15,000 Americans and perhaps several hundred thousand others around the globe.
“With no celebrities known to have MSA, it is difficult to generate public interest and media attention. World MSA Day offers the chance to unite as a community and to build awareness. We ask all patients, caregivers, and their friends and family members to join us in this important day of activities.”
In the United States purple has become the official color for multiple system atrophy awareness.
Ideally, during World MSA Day activity participants will wear purple shirts. The MSA Coalition is now offering purple MSA T-shirts through its website at http://www.Multiple-System-Atrophy.org.
The shirts cost $25, (plus shipping and handling) and proceeds go to The MSA Coalition to support research, awareness and advocacy initiatives.
For more information or to donate to The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition, visit http://www.MultipleSystemAtrophy.org.
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