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walk MS: Pittsburgh 2014

Walk the Walk

Why we decided to join the MS walk:

Every hour of every day, someone is diagnosed with MS. That's why I registered for the Walk MS event. Walk MS is a day that connects friends, families, and coworkers.   Each step we take brings us closer to a world free of MS.

Anthony Prescott's sister Katie has Neuromyeltis optica (Devic's Disease) which is believed to be in the MS family.  She was officially diagnosed in 2006 but had her first attack in 2001 when she was 4 years old.  Neuromyelitis optica (NMO), also called Devic's disease, is a central nervous system disorder causing primarily swelling and inflammation of the eye nerves (optic neuritis) and the spinal cord (myelitis). Neuromyelitis optica occurs when your body's immune system reacts against its own cells in the central nervous system, mainly in the optic nerves and spinal cord, but sometimes in the brain. The cause often is unknown, although it may sometimes appear after an infection, or it may be associated with another autoimmune condition. Neuromyelitis optica may cause blindness in one or both eyes, weakness or paralysis in the legs or arms, painful spasms, loss of sensation, and bladder or bowel dysfunction from spinal cord damage. NMO attacks may be reversible, but can be severe enough to cause permanent visual loss and problems with walking. A small number of people with NMO experience vomiting before the onset of eye and spinal cord problems. Children may develop confusion, seizures or coma as a manifestation of NMO. Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) causes attacks of optic neuritis and transverse myelitis, as does MS.

About MS

We am asking you to support me in Walk MS because this is a cause that is meaningful to me.  Millions of people are affected by MS and the challenges of living with its unpredictable symptoms. Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and it stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, a disease of the central nervous system. 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.

Please support me!

Your gift helps provide local programs and fund cutting-edge research. Your donation puts us closer to realizing our promise to STOP MS in its tracks, RESTORE lost function and END MS forever. Ending MS means no one will receive an MS diagnosis again. Every step matters.  Every dollar counts.  Every person makes a difference.

Walk the Walk Raised
$250 Fundraising Milestone Anthony Prescott $435.00
Heather Birchfield $0.00
Self Donation Clark Cribbs II $35.00
Self Donation Wynne Mitcheson $35.00
Robert Prescott $0.00
Brittany Yanoff $0.00
Team Gifts $0.00
Denotes a Team Captain


National MS Society - Western Pennsylvania Chapter
1501 Reedsdale Street Suite 105
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
412-261-6347 ; PAX@NMSS.ORG

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