The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, a United States-based non-profit organization, and its network of chapters nationwide help people affected by multiple sclerosis by funding research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with multiple sclerosis and their families. It is headquartered in New York City.
Founded in 1946, originally under the name Association for Advancement of Research on Multiple Sclerosis, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society supports more multiple sclerosis research, offers more services for people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, provides more professional education programs, and furthers more advocacy efforts than any other multiple sclerosis organization in the world.
The BPMS150 is a fundraising event under the Bike MS section. The ride starts in Houston, Texas and ends in Austin, Texas. There are several starting point for the ride, each making the rider longer or shorted, depending on the preference of the rider. The ride is generally ridden over the course of two days, with an overnight stop at La Grange, Texas. The BPMS150 has made a name for itself, due to it being a premier fundraising event in the United States. In 2014 the MS150 raised about $18 million for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society supports and funds research activities spanning all research stages, including early discovery research, translational research that brings promising ideas forward into actual therapeutic solutions for testing, and clinical trials. This unique approach drives the pursuit of all promising avenues that can impact those living with multiple sclerosis. In 2012, the Society invested $44 million in over 350 new and ongoing projects.