In the early 1980s we began as a support group, working as part of the Mississippi Chapter of the National M. S. Society, giving peer support to each other. As topics came up about the needs of our group, we realized the National’s primary goals were in research. This is so important, and we appreciate their hard work in this area, however, we saw a need locally. We began to realize there was another area that should be addressed. Some of our members were having difficulty meeting their financial needs.
In 1993 we became a registered charity in the state of Mississippi, as the Mississippi Gulf Coast Multiple Sclerosis Society, serving MSers along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. There are no salaries. We are all volunteers–our motto is “MSers helping MSers”. The primary goal of this organization is to help MSers and their caregivers.