Five years ago I probably would not have been able to explain what multiple sclerosis is... This March we will be walking in a 50-mile Multiple Sclerosis fundraising Challenge Walk for the National MS Society, a society which does an incredible amount of work for MS patients as well as supporting numerous high-powered research programs. This will the 8th walk for Claire since she was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS in 2000 and my 5th as a walker.
MS is the most common disabling disease among young adults. It usually strikes adults in the prime of life between the ages of 20 and 50. MS is a chronic disease of the central nervous system affecting the brain and spinal cord, causing blindness, paralysis, and loss of movement. The symptoms are vast and unpredictable, bringing uncertainty to those living with the disease. Claire is extremely fortunate in that her symptoms have not affected her mobility and her inspirational dedication to help others. Unfortunately, others with MS are unable to walk. This is my small commitment to a cause and an opportunity to begin to close the loop of research, public health, and volunteering and maybe even get in shape.
Each Challenge Walker must raise at least $1,500 in order to participate in the Challenge Walk, and my team has committed to raise $8,000.
You and I are essential in this movement to create a world that is aware and eventually free of MS and many other diseases and conditions. Sponsoring us and contributing to the National MS Society is what YOU CAN DO to help move us even closer to a better therapy or a cure.
Any amount, no matter how small it may seem, is helping.