BANGOR, Maine — Bangor Savings Bank has announced a gift of $100,000 to support care for Maine patients who have multiple sclerosis. The gift was made to Eastern Maine Medical Center Multiple Sclerosis Care, the first comprehensive program in Maine for patients with MS and their families.
The prevalence of MS in Maine is among the highest in the nation, according to an EMHS Foundation press release. While its symptoms are not universal, many MS patients experience reduced mobility, vision, physical sensation, mental acuity, speech, energy, and overall control of most muscle functions. There is no cure, and for most people, the disease worsens with age.
Individuals with MS and their families require access to a full array of coordinated medical, psychosocial, and rehabilitation treatments. EMMC MS Care offers comprehensive, well-coordinated services to address the varied and often complex issues related to living with the disease.
“At Bangor Savings Bank, we have several colleagues who are suffering from multiple sclerosis. We know from working with them that comprehensive MS services are especially important, and that they are not alone. In fact, they are joined by thousands of others who are in need of comprehensive MS care. Having such services in Maine will alleviate in most cases the need to travel outside the state for care,” said Jim Conlon, president and CEO of Bangor Savings Bank, in a press release.
To support EMMC MS Care, visit www.emhsfoundation.org or call 973-5055.