Fred & Teresa
For the past 15 years my sister, Teresa Cuen, has been living with Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic and debilitating disease that affects the Central Nervous System. MS affects over 400,000 people in the US and nearly 2.5 million people in the world. Although doctors and researchers have made advancements in treating MS, there still is no cure for this disease.
My sister Teresa was diagnosed with the disease in 1998. She has gone through surgery, radiation and multiple treatments for MS. She has seen her motor functions deteriorate to such an extent that she must use a wheel chair and have around the clock care. Though many would feel bitter, angry, and resentful at their plight, Teresa's spirit and smile have never once wavered. Teresa, more so than ever, has maintained a positive outlook and courageous mindset that has inspired myself and others over these last 15 years.
It is because of my sister's incredible will and unbridled enthusiasm for life that I am mounting a crusade with my friend Harris for my sister and all who are affected by MS. On February 17th, Harris and I will journey to Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world at 19,336 feet. It will likely be a very demanding climb, physically, mentally and spiritually. Yet, with the help of our families and friends, and most importantly with the spirit of my sister with us, we will ascend to the top.
Join the Movement
However, this journey does not stop at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. No, our journey will end when there is a cure for MS. Not only do we need your support in climbing this mountain, but also in finding a cure for this disease that has taken away my sister's ability to walk, though not her ability to laugh, love, and live. With your help and support, not only will we be able to climb a mountain, but we will be able to move one-TOGETHER.
Any donations, regardless of the amount, will help the National MS Society support promising research into the cause, treatment, and management of MS.