Charleston Challenge 2014 presented by Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Feb 28-Mar 2, 2014
Just a few months after we were married in 2010...
My wife Shari complained of pain in her eye. Over the next few days, she lost vision in her eye and the pain intensified. A visit to the optometrist was followed by a referral to an ophthalmologist. The ophthalmologist declared this looked like MS, but advised a visit to a neurologist. MRI's were ordered. A few days later, a University of Miami neurologist-ophthalmologist made the official diagnoses of optic neuritis and multiple sclerosis.
Not one to be focused on herself, Shari immediately set her mind to becoming involved in MS Walks and the Charleston Challenge walk. At times, she has walked with a cane while fundraising for others. This will be our second time participating in the Charleston Challenge.
In 2012, she was fortunate to undergo an investigational MS treatment at a major U.S. University and for now, her symptoms appear not to be worsening. Her walking has improved somewhat over the past year, so yes, Shari is training to walk all 50 miles!
Team Orange Crush is walking for those who can't...
The Challenge Walk MS raises money for MS research projects and client programs (40% for important national research and programs and 60% that stays local for programs that assist those individuals in this region living with the MS). The funds also help to raise awareness about the disease and to educate the public about the FDA-approved drugs now available which may delay or reduce future disability in many people with multiple sclerosis. Sponsoring me and contributing to the National MS Society is what YOU CAN DO to help move us even closer to a cure. Any amount, no matter how small it may seem, is helping to get us closer to the day when no one has to hear the words, "you have MS." We don't have time...we need a cure now.