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National Teams Lead the Way Toward a World Free of Multiple Sclerosis

Wells Fargo recognized for commitment to ending MS

Dozens of representatives from leading companies gathered at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s National Conference in Chicago in November 2008.

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These National Teams were recognized for their outstanding commitment to helping people with MS move their lives forward and to raising awareness for the disease and the National MS Society. More than 800 leaders in the movement, including Society volunteers, staff and other corporate leaders, acknowledged these award winners and partners at the organization’s annual meeting.

Wells Fargo was distinguished by the receipt of two National Team awards, one in recognition of their growth in fundraising and the other for their expansion of new teams into new markets in 2008. Wendy Salvo, the National Team Captain from Wells Fargo, was joined by local team captains Larry Kelley and Heather Keiter to accept these prestigious awards (above).

Highlights of Wells Fargo’s distinguished contribution and commitment to raising dollars and awareness for MS include:
• Raising over $220,000 through the fundraising efforts of their associates, friends, and family members in 2008.
• Growing teams from 17 in 2007 to 34 in 2008, making them the fastest-growing National Team in the nation.

“We are proud to be able to strengthen awareness and understanding about MS and be a part of the MS movement to create a world free of multiple sclerosis,” said Wendy Salvo, Implementation Associate with Wells Fargo Treasury Management Services and National Team Captain. “We are honored to be recognized by the National MS Society and we thank everyone in the MS movement for their efforts to end MS. I also want to thank the Wells Fargo team members around the country for their commitment and enthusiasm for supporting the National MS Society.”

About the National MS Society’s National Team Program

The National MS Society National Team program involves corporations and friends and family groups that participate in the Society’s fundraising events in multiple markets throughout the US. National Teams are led by one or more National Team Captains, who spearhead the awareness, recruitment, and fundraising efforts of their organization on behalf of the MS Society.

“The collective commitment from our National Teams is equivalent to millions and millions of dollars each and every year,” said Joyce Nelson, President and CEO of the National MS Society. “But it really is invaluable to know that some of the most well-known and most respected companies in the world are side-by-side with us in our commitment to people with MS as we move towards a world free from multiple sclerosis.”

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified financial services company with $622 billion in assets, providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and consumer finance through almost 6,000 stores and the internet (wellsfargo.com) across North America and internationally. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. is the only bank in the U.S., and one of only two banks worldwide, to have the highest possible credit rating from both Moody’s Investors Service, “Aaa,” and Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, “AAA.”

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS. In 2007 alone, through our home office and 50-state network of chapters, we devoted over $136 million to programs that enhanced more than one million lives. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested more than $50 million to support 440 research projects around the world. We are people who want to do something about MS now. Join the movement at nationalMSsociety.org.

Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at www.nationalMSsociety.org or
1-800-FIGHT-MS (344-4867).