WALK MS 10K RACE 2011
Why We Fight MS
Having multiple sclerosis means that you may not be able to walk when you wake up. Or that you may suddenly have impaired vision. Or that your memory will fail you for no apparent reason. The symptoms of MS are different, and devastating, for everyone - the only certainty is that it will affect yet another person every hour of every day.
Why I Chose to Participate
This year I've joined forces with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society because I want to do something for the people, like my mother and me, who have been diagnosed - and because I want to prevent more people from learning what it means to live with MS. My mom has been living with MS for many years but was only diagnosed with it approximately 10 years ago. She first started showing symptoms at age 18 when she temporarily lost her vision, but was misdiagnosed with a Vitamin B12 Deficiency and went into remission immediately following this episode. Her symptoms did not reappear until much later and had it been caught sooner, maybe she would not have to work as hard as she does now to maintain her daily lifestyle. Ironically, April of 2011 I had to get an MRI of my cervical spine due to neck pain from a car accident; the MRI showed "a possible inactive MS lesion." After further testing I myself was diagnosed at age 26 and am currently on daily treatment. Today, there is no cure for multiple sclerosis, and with a diagnosis occurring every hour in this country, it's time to act. Diagnosis is most common between the ages of 20 and 50, and individuals face a lifetime filled with unpredictability. I understand now more than ever what this is like. Lucky for me, I am still able to be active.
I have been a bit out of the loop lately (mostly my own fault along with some very minor leg issues that may or may not be MS related, also my mom hasn't been doing well which has made it tougher to focus on training for obvious reasons) and I had to miss my half marathon goal this October, but I completed my first LA race on May 4th with a 10K. I have signed up for a 15K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day as well, also for I Run To Stop MS. In 2011, thanks to the support of so many generous people, I exceeded my $1500 fundraising goal. Last year I raised over $450, but I hope to exceed my $1500 goal again this year. I can't do that without your help. I can only hope that a cure will be found soon enough that my the thousands of people currently suffering can benefit from it. This is my way of taking control of the hand I've been dealt and making a difference in some small way.
Why You Should Sponsor Me
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will use funds collected from this event to support cutting edge research projects, as well as provide programs which address the needs of people living with MS today. Because we can do something about multiple sclerosis, because donations to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society are helping to change the world right now, we are getting closer to the hour when no one will have to hear the words, "You have MS."