Walk MS: Oklahoma City
UNITED FOR KENNY
ABOUT KENNY :) Kenny is a 36 year old husband, father and firefighter. He has been married to Allison for 12 years. They have 2 beautiful daughters; Haylee and Sydney, both attend Mustang Schools. He has been a firefighter for 17 years. In 1997 he began his career at Mustang Fire Department. Kenny has been at the Nichols Hills Fire Department for 13 years. He loves his profession and helping others. He enjoys coaching soccer and also playing soccer. Kenny coaches both of our daughters soccer teams. His United Soccer Team consists of 23 girls ranging from age 6-12. Kenny also loves spending his Sunday mornings helping with the "HIS KIDS" ministry at our church, The Bridge.
In July of 2011, Kenny began noticing some numbness in his legs. He immediately went to his doctor who thought it was probably a pinched nerve and said to give it a week and see if it gets better. By the weekend the numbness had moved up his body. He went back to the doctor who sent him to a neurologist wondering if it was something with his neck. After an MRI was done on his Spine, they noticed that he had a lesion on his spine. They werent sure exactly what it was, but Dr. White wanted to send him to an MS Specialist just to rule things out. We were so fortunate and blessed to be able to get into the best doctor and researcher for MS, Dr. Pardo. Kenny went to see Dr. Pardo at the end of August. Dr. Pardo saw Kenny and ordered another MRI. On September 1, 2011 Kenny was diagnosed with MS. He started Copaxone, which is a daily injection that will hopefully stop the progression of MS. He had another MRI a year later which showed another lesion on the brain, but Dr. Pardo was confident that this probably occured shortly after treatment and wasnt active. So this year in November we went for his yearly appt and PRAISE GOD, his MRI was completely unchanged. So he will stay on Copaxone because it is working!! Currently the FDA is in the process of HOPEFULLY APPROVING Copaxone to be used 3 times a week instead of everyday!
Although noone ever wants to go through anything like this, Kenny has taken it on with strength and courage. He whole heartedly believes that God has put him in this situation for a reason and he is going to embrace it and take whatever comes his way with a good attitude. You will never find Kenny complaining about having MS or doing his shot each night. He sees MS as an adventure and a path that he was chosen to follow. Through it all we are so blessed. We are so thankful that Kenny feels great and is doing awesome! We all are so thankful to our friends, family and church who are always there for us. We are thankful for the great care and compassion that we get from Dr. Pardo and his staff.
WHY WE WALK?
We walk to raise awareness of MS. Kenny thankfully was diagnosed quickly and he went to the Dr. at the first signs of something that wasnt right. Because of this he was able to start therapy that will help keep him healthy and moving and he will continue to have a normal life. We also walk to raise funds to help researchers continue to find ways to help people with MS.
Walk MS is a day that brings friends, families, and coworkers together to embrace an important cause. Join us and participate together to make a powerful statement and a real difference for those you care about. Each step we take brings us closer to a world free of MS.
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling, disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Millions of people are affected by MS and the challenges of living with its unpredictable symptoms, which 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.
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