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Madden Named Top Legislator for MS Advocacy

State Sen. Fred Madden wins an award from a local multiple sclerosis society for his work to promote awareness and access to treatment.

State Sen. Fred Madden picked up an accolade this week when the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society named him Legislator of the Year.

“This is truly an honor and I am grateful to the Delaware Valley Chapter for this recognition,” said Madden (D-Camden, Gloucester). “Most people have heard of multiple sclerosis, but few understand what it is or what we can do about it. We have been able to push through various cost free, common sense measures that can help shine a light on a disease that we still know too little about.

“But while I am happy with our progress, there is always more work to be done.”

Madden sponsored a joint Senate resolution to designate March as Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month. He also authored legislation to create the New Jersey Multiple Sclerosis Task Force. The task force, scheduled to start meeting this month, will develop strategies to identify and address the unmet needs of individuals with MS and help them access treatments and other therapeutic options.

MS is a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system. The body’s immune system attacks its own tissue, often leaving sufferers debilitated. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, an estimated 250,000 to 350,000 people nationwide have MS, with about 200 new cases diagnosed each week.

Founded in 1946, the National MS Society is the only volunteer-led health organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, alleviation and cure of multiple sclerosis. The Greater Delaware Valley Chapter was established in 1954 and is one of the largest of the society’s chapters.

Terri Garwood December 08, 2012 at 09:10 PM
MEET THE BIGGEST ‘TRIPLE-DIPPER’ IN THE NEW JERSEY STATEHOUSE: SEN. FRED MADDEN POCKETS $241,000 A YEAR IN PAY & PENSION Investigative Report by Mark Lagerkvist http://newjersey.watchdog.org/2012/02/09/madden/ For state Sen. Frederick Madden Jr., the path of public service also has been a road to personal wealth. Madden collects more than $241,000 a year in public salaries plus retirement pay. He gets $49,000 as a legislator, a $106,983 as a police academy dean and an $85,272 annual pension as a State Police retiree. Since he “retired” at age 48 nearly a decade ago, Madden has cashed $770,156 in New Jersey retirement checks. Among the 15 legislators who draw state pensions, no one pockets more than the senator from the state’s 4th Legislative District, which includes parts of Gloucester and Camden counties. The problem is whether the state can afford such generosity. New Jersey’s pensions are underfunded by $36 billion, according to the State Treasury’s latest numbers. Other studies have estimated the shortfall as high as $144 billion.
Julia Donahue December 10, 2012 at 02:33 AM
The article is about MS, a disease that has no cure...not pensions...obviously you haven't watched someone suffer with this disease or you wouldn't have attempted to tarnish the Senator's good work on behalf of those with it. PS, for the record...when a person works their career and then retires...umm...pensions are not an unusual compensation in the public or private sector...he paid into his pensions, as we all do, what's the BEEF?

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