Grants Available for Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis; Applications Now Being Accepted

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Diane Butcher is a single
 mom from Lafayette, Indiana, with multiple sclerosis.  Each winter, she
 struggled to provide a warm home for her child and herself using only her
 disability income to cover the enormous bill generated by an antiquated
     In 2001, Butcher received one of 60 Brighter Tomorrow Grants from the
 Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and purchased a new, energy-efficient heater.
     Brighter Tomorrow Grants of up to $1000 in goods and services are
 distributed each year to applicants at least 18 years of age who have been
 diagnosed with MS, or to parents of minors with MS.  The grants are meant to
 improve quality of life by enhancing self-sufficiency, comfort or well-being.
     Applications are available at or by calling the Multiple
 Sclerosis Foundation's Program Services toll-free at 1-888-MSFOCUS.
     Past recipients of the grants have received alternative therapy, yoga
 classes, hobby supplies, computers, air conditioners, home repairs and
 modifications, appliances, musical instruments, and exercise equipment.
     Applicants must explain in 100-words or fewer how this grant could offer
 them a brighter tomorrow.  Basic personal and financial information is also
 required.  If an applicant is unable to write or lacks fluency in English, a
 friend or family member may assist in this process.
     Applications must be postmarked by October 1, 2002.  Recipients will be
 notified after December 1, 2002.  All previous applicants who did not receive
 a grant last year are cordially invited to reapply.
     Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, complicated neurological disorder
 that affects the central nervous system.  Although no two people have the same
 symptoms, fatigue, weakness, balance, bladder and bowel problems, numbness,
 vision loss, and cognitive and emotional dysfunction are common.  In the
 United States today, over 350,000 people are diagnosed with this chronic and
 unpredictable disease.  As yet, there is no cure.
     The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation is a non-profit organization that
 provides assistance to all individuals whose lives are touched by MS.  Its
 mission is to ensure the best quality of life for those coping with this
 illness.  For more information about the MSF and the many services provided,
 please call (800) 225-6495 or (888) MSFOCUS (673-6287), or visit
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