National Multiple Sclerosis Society Northern California

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 charitable organization. Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms may be mild such as numbness in the limbs or severe -- paralysis or loss of vision. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40 but the unpredictable physical and emotional effects can be lifelong. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are giving hope to those affected by the disease. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is dedicated to ending the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis. The National MS Society ... One thing people with MS can count on.

The mission of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society: To mobilize people and resources to drive research to stop the progression of the disease, restore function that's been lost and end the disease forever.


At the Society’s Northern California Chapter, the emphasis is wellness. The Chapter is committed to the empowerment of people with MS, their families, friends, significant others, and all people affected by MS. We are committed to honoring and supporting the independence and self-sufficiency of people with MS by providing accurate and timely information, advocacy, material assistance, and emotional support. NMSS is committed to dislodging prejudices, increasing understanding, and expanding the awareness of MS and issues of disability in ourselves and in other people. 

The Chapter was chartered in 1954, and presently has four offices to serve you. It is the local resource for more than 12,000 people with MS in a 40-county area. The Chapter is governed by a local board of trustees. The chapter believes in a partnership between staff and volunteers, so its staff works closely with a network of people committed to fighting MS.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Northern California

1700 Owens Street, Suite 190
San Francisco, CA 94158

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