New Chairman Elected to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America’s Board of Directors
The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) is pleased to announce that James M. Anderson, Esquire, has been elected as the Chairman of their Board of Directors. Mr. Anderson is an attorney in Mississippi and the Managing Member of Anderson Crawley & Burke, pllc, a law firm headquartered in the Jackson, Mississippi area. He also maintains a second residence in Austin, Texas.
An Honor graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and a cum laude graduate of the Mississippi College School of Law, Mr. Anderson is active in numerous professional organizations, including MSAA. In addition to Mr. Anderson’s legal expertise, he has demonstrated his dedication to MSAA’s mission of Improving Lives Today through his volunteer role on the Board of Directors, participating in fundraising initiatives in support of the organization’s vital programs. Mr. Anderson has served as a member of MSAA’s Board of Directors for five years, and has most recently served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors as well as Chairman of the development committee.
Mr. Anderson has carried Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating (A-V) for 25 years and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995. He was named Lawyer of the Year for 2012 by Best Lawyers in the field of Workers’ Compensation – Employers in the Jackson, Mississippi area. Also in 2012, he was named the Lawyer of the Year for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in the Legal Community by the Mississippi College School of Law.
The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) is a national nonprofit organization and leading resource for the entire MS community, improving lives today through vital services and support. Swim for MS is MSAA’s national fundraiser in which volunteers create their own swim challenge while recruiting online donations.
MSAA provides free programs and services, such as: a Helpline with trained specialists; award-winning publications, including MSAA’s magazine, The Motivator; MSAA’s nationally recognized website (at mymsaa.org), featuring award-winning educational videos and research updates; S.E.A.R.C.H.™ program to assist the MS community with learning about different treatment choices; a mobile phone app, My MS Manager™ (named one of the best multiple sclerosis iPhone & Android apps by Healthline.com); a resource database, My MS Resource Locator; safety and mobility equipment distribution; cooling accessories for heat-sensitive individuals; educational events held across the country; MRI funding; and more. For additional information, please visit www.mymsaa.org or call (800) 532-7667.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system (CNS), which consists of the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. MS damages or destroys the protective covering (known as myelin) surrounding the nerves of the CNS, and can potentially injure the nerves as well. This damage causes reduced communication between the brain and nerve pathways. Common MS symptoms include visual problems, overwhelming fatigue, difficulty with balance and coordination, and various levels of impaired mobility. Many experts estimate that 2.5 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with this disease, and most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 50. MS is not contagious and researchers continue to look for both a cause and a cure.