Health Hero Giving Day


Be a health hero! People impacted by life-altering health diagnoses need your help. By making a gift on Health Hero Giving Day, hosted by United Way of the Midlands and the Combined Health Agencies Drive on Feb. 24th, you can provide them with the hope and support they need to navigate difficult health challenges. Scroll down to learn more about the 21 participating CHAD health agencies and make your gift today!

United Way of the Midlands has been a proud partner of Combined Health Agencies Drive since 1987.


National MS Society Mid America Chapter

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Agency Name: National MS Society Mid America Chapter


Why your gift is needed:

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society exists because there are people with MS. Our vision is a world free of MS. We will cure MS while empowering people affected by MS to live their best lives.

We are more than an organization. We are a movement - united in our collective power to do something about MS now and end this disease forever. We are the gathering place for people with MS, their family and loved ones, healthcare providers, volunteers, donors, fundraisers, advocates, community leaders and all those that seek a world free of MS. We are a place to connect and take action. In order to change the world, we mobilize all possible human and financial resources to achieve results.

  • In Nebraska, more than 3,200 people have MS, but including family members and caregivers, more than 13,000 people are affected by MS.
  • The cause of MS is still unknown. Scientists believe that a combination of environmental and genetic factors contribute to the risk of developing MS.
  • The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease.
  • Nearly 1 million people are living with MS in the United States, according to a study funded by the National MS Society.

What your gift will do:

  • $10 provides a person newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis crucial information and support resources to help them cope with the diagnosis.
  • $100 purchases a cooling vest for a person with MS who is dealing with heat-related challenges that warm weather can often bring. This vest allows them to continue enjoying activities outdoors during the difficult summer months.
  • $150 replaces a battery for an electric wheelchair or scooter, allowing people to have more independence and freedom.
  • $250 covers costs for housing or utilities to help reduce the economic impact of living with an expensive chronic disease.
  • $500 provides two weeks of in-home chore services for a person with MS who is having trouble completing tasks such as laundry, vacuuming, dusting, etc.
  • $800 installs a set of hand controls for an automobile to make it accessible, this will enhance the independence of the person living with MS.
  • $1,500 mails one quarterly issue of the MS Connection to all Nebraskans with MS.

Agency Summary:

  • Medical research on MS is a high priority for the Society.
  • MS Navigators, highly skilled, compassionate professionals, connect you to the information, resources and support needed to move your life forward and navigate the challenges of MS.
  • Educational and wellness programs are available to people with MS and those who care about them.
  • Partners in MS Care is a National MS Society program that recognizes and supports quality MS care by encouraging strong partnerships between MS clinicians and the Society.
  • Support Groups for specific populations including online and one-on-one peer connections are available.
  • Financial assistance program is available.
  • Health Care Professional Education opportunities are offered to health care providers.

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