Tomorrow (5/4) I walk 8 miles down West River Drive with my friends at Walk MS 2008 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
My good friend Drew, our team captain, was diagnosed with MS in 2001. Before knowing him, I didn’t really have any connection with the disease and wasn’t knowledgeable about it. However, I’ve come to know a bit more through him and my own research.
MS is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system attacks the central nervous system, leading to demyelination (or the stripping away of the protective casing around your nerves). It may cause numerous physical and mental symptoms, and often progresses to physical and cognitive disability. Disease onset usually occurs in young adults, is more common in women, and has a prevalence that ranges between 2 and 150 per 100,000. Any one of us could come face to face with MS!
Walk MS is a key fundraiser of the National MS Society, the leading provider services and programs for people living with MS and their families. The Society also invests more money in MS research than any other volunteer-driven organization in the world. I encourage you to find out more about this mystifying disease as well as contribute to the efforts to raise awareness & funds for research.
I’m pretty sure you can still contribute to our team if you so choose.