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Our goal—a world free of MS.
Welcome to the webpage of team Nerds for a Cure 2017! We are a bunch of concerned people committed to fundraising for a world free of the pain of multiple sclerosis. We would really appreciate your generous support as we move forward. Whether you share this link, tell your friends, donate, help us fundraise, attend our fundraiser, or join the team to walk with us in person or in spirit every bit of help matters more than you can know. Every dollar, every step, and every person pulling for us gets the world closer to a cure.
So, what is Multiple Sclerosis?
Excellent question! Before our fearless leader, Ellen, got diagnosed in 2013 a lot of us didn't know either. Multiple sclerosis was some vague, scary disease that people got and that was it. Well, here is the basic explanation from the MS society: "Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body." What does that mean? Basically, the auto-immune system of an affected person starts attacking the protective myelin sheath surrounding their nerves in their central nervous system (CNS) like a rat chewing insulation in your house. This can cause a loss of communication from the CNS to the body which results in symptoms like numbness, tingling, blindness, memory loss, and paralysis. Disease progression is different for every individual. The unpredictability of living with multiple sclerosis is an extra hardship to both patients and their families as they navigate life with this disease.
What's the story of Nerds for a Cure?
This is going to be the fourth year that Nerds for a Cure has walked to stamp out Multiple Sclerosis. Every year we have gotten bigger both in terms of money raised and people walking. We call ourselves Nerds for a Cure because our fearless leader, Ellen, is a big nerd and because concerned, engaged, intelligent people (you know, nerds) are the key to curing multiple sclerosis. Nerds can change the world, in fact they already have. There are more treatments for multiple sclerosis today than ever before and we know why: research. Team Nerds for A Cure knows that if you feed the researchers the money they need to do what they do best, good science, that they will work the problem and ask the big questions to get the good data that makes new discoveries possible. We hope and trust that the science we help fund with this effort will also make a difference towards understanding related neurological and immunological disorders because science is a chain reaction of discovery: every innovation has the potential of precipitating the next innovation elsewhere.
Here's a cool factoid from the MS Society: "The first Walk MS event was in 1988, and since then more than $920 million has been raised for research and programs to improve the lives of people living with MS. Today, there are treatments where there weren't any before, and the dream of ending MS is becoming a reality." How incredibly cool is that? That's pretty amazing stuff.
Please, help team Nerds for a Cure feed the researchers the dollars they need to cure Multiple Sclerosis!
When you make a donation, you are changing the world for people affected by MS. Symptoms of MS 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 leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide, and there is not yet a cure. Every dollar raised matters to those affected by MS. Thank you for your support.
Want to join our team?
We’d love to have you. Come walk with us and share in an experience that will change lives—including your own.