Yearly Program Helps People with MS Beat the Heat

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation's annual Cooling Program kicks off Feb 1.

Jan 30, 2013, 11:31 ET from The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation's Cooling Program begins its 2013 cycle on February 1, helping those with multiple sclerosis (MS) to handle a troubling symptom of their disease: heat intolerance.

For most people, heat and MS don't mix. As body temperature rises, weakness, fatigue, visual disturbances, and other symptoms can become aggravated and temporarily worsen. Without help, the hot summer months can trap those with MS indoors, keeping them from countless activities associated with the season, like gardening, fishing, family outings, barbeques, and baseball games, but also making simple everyday needs, like going to work or grocery shopping, a challenge. So the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation provides the necessary help to qualifying people through the Cooling Program.

This program provides cooling vests and cooling accessories to help individuals manage heat intolerance. Applicants must be residents of the United States, document their diagnosis of MS, and demonstrate financial need. All applications are confidential and considered on a case-by-case basis. To apply, those in need can call 1-888-MSFOCUS (1-888-673-6287) or visit and click on Programs & Activities.

Applications are accepted from Feb. 1 to June 1 of each year. Limited funding is available so individuals in need are encouraged to apply early.

The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation is a service-based, non-profit organization. With national headquarters located at 6520 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the MSF serves the U.S. from one central location. Established in 1986, Multiple Sclerosis Foundation is a publicly funded 501(c)3 organization. Funds raised enable the MSF to provide free services designed to improve the quality of life for people with MS.

If you'd like more information about this program, or to schedule an interview, please call Kasey Minnis at 1-800-225-6495 or e-mail

Contact: Kasey Minnis
Phone: 954-776-6805
Toll-free: 800-225-6495
Fax: 954-351-0630

SOURCE The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation