Helping Hand is a new weekly feature on HPR. Each Friday afternoon, Helping Hand will put the spotlight on an organization or event in the community that offers assistance to the handicapped, disabled and other folks in need with All Things Considered local host Dave Lawrence. Today we’re covering MS in Hawai`i, and presenting information for those in need of support or with someone in their life who could use help. We’re learning about some of the resources available with our guests Candice Schwalbach, the Manager of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Hawai`i Division and Sharon Dodge, a person living with MS, who lost her father many years ago to the disease, as well.
The Hawai`i Office is one of a 70-plus-office network across the United States that advances the Society’s mission. According to their website, chartered in 1967, the Office provides services and programs to more than 600 people with MS and their families throughout the State of Hawai`i. The Office funds research, furthers education, advocates for people with disabilities, provides referrals to healthcare providers and other resources within the community. It also provides short-term durable medical equipment loans to people with MS, which is funded through the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.
Contact the MS Society Hawai`i Division:
Phone: 808-532-0806 or 800-344-4867