The Martin M.S. (Multiple Sclerosis) Alliance Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 national, nonprofit organization dedicated to raise awareness and provide financial support and education to the community about how M.S. affects people of color. Approximately 400,000 people in the United Sates are estimated to have M.S. and 3.2 million suffer from the disease worldwide.
Much of the research and studies that currently exist do not include statistics on the impact of this disease in Asian, Hispanic, Africans and African American communities. A study published in 2003 suggests that while M.S. is more common among whites, the course of the disease is more aggressive in African Americans.
Through awareness campaigns and fundraising activities, the Foundation is working to provide information leading to early detection and resources for those living with M.S.