Florida Senate - 2017                            (NP)    SR 1818
       By Senator Bean
       4-01922-17                                            20171818__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing April 6, 2017, as “National
    3         Multiple Sclerosis Society Florida State Action Day at
    4         the Capitol” and encouraging efforts to inform the
    5         residents of this state about multiple sclerosis.
    7         WHEREAS, multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease
    8  of the central nervous system that affects 2.3 million people
    9  worldwide, and
   10         WHEREAS, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society reports
   11  that most people with multiple sclerosis are diagnosed between
   12  the ages of 20 and 50 years; that the effects, progression,
   13  severity, and specific symptoms are unpredictable and cannot be
   14  foreseen; and that the cause of and cure for this often
   15  debilitating disease remain unknown, and
   16         WHEREAS, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is
   17  committed to a world free of MS by heightening public knowledge
   18  of the disease, and
   19         WHEREAS, since 1946, the National Multiple Sclerosis
   20  Society has been a driving force of MS research, relentlessly
   21  pursuing prevention, treatment, and a cure, and more than $900
   22  million has been invested in groundbreaking research, and
   23         WHEREAS, funds raised by the National Multiple Sclerosis
   24  Society for research, which total $50.2 million annually
   25  worldwide, fuel the efforts of nearly 380 research projects at
   26  the best medical centers, universities, and other institutions
   27  throughout the United States and abroad, and
   28         WHEREAS, discovering the cause, finding a cure, and
   29  preventing persons in future generations from being diagnosed
   30  with MS is an important mission that all Americans should
   31  support, and
   32         WHEREAS, the Florida Senate recognizes the importance of
   33  finding the cause of and cure for MS and expresses its support
   34  and appreciation for the endeavors of the National Multiple
   35  Sclerosis Society to ensure a future free of multiple sclerosis,
   38  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   40         That April 6, 2017, is recognized as “National Multiple
   41  Sclerosis Society Florida State Action Day at the Capitol” and
   42  that efforts to inform the residents of this state about
   43  multiple sclerosis are encouraged.
   44         BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution, with
   45  the Seal of the Senate affixed, be presented to the National
   46  Multiple Sclerosis Society as a tangible token of the sentiments
   47  of the Florida Senate.