Fundraising for MS
I want to help raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society because my husband suffers from this disease. Therefore, I have signed up for a second year in a row to participate in the Walk MS 2013 event in Frankenmuth, MI. Participating in this event is important to me because many people suffer, including my husband, symptoms of this disease on a daily basis!
For those who are not familiar with this disease, you may be wondering just what is MS?
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that creates a neurological condition that affects the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS includes the brain, the spinal cord, and the optic nerves, and it’s surrounded by a fatty tissue called myelin that protects the nerve fibers and helps them conduct electrical impulses. MS is NOT fully understood and is a highly unpredictable disorder that can cause a variety of different symptoms, which for many, can flare-up and then subside over the course of days, months, or even years. There are four recognized types of multiple sclerosis, ranging from those that cause periodic relapses or “attacks” that subsequently ‘remit’ or go away to types that progressively worsen over time. My husband has the relapsing remitting type of MS, which can cause a variety of symptoms that can flare-up and then subside over the course of days, months, or even year.
Some of the more common ones that my husband suffers from includes:
*Difficulty in walking
*Problems with memory, attention, and problem-solving
*Dizziness and vertigo
While MS is not contagious, its causes are not yet fully understood and researchers continue to search for answers daily. Here are some Facts About MS that are known:
*Every hour, someone is newly diagnosed with MS.
*More than 2.5 million people worldwide live with this unpredictable disease.
*MS is the most common neurological disease leading to disability in young adults.
*Many Celebrities have MS
The day after I posted this blog article, Annette Funicello, who also suffered from MS, passed away. She was a great advocate and will be greatly missed by many.
*Check out the latest statistics on MS here
The Importance of Long-Term Treatment
*At the present, approved long-term treatments are only available for individuals with relapsing forms of MS
*10 disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) are now approved for relapsing forms of MS (as of March 2013)
*DMTs may: reduce the number and severity of symptom flare-ups; delay disease progression; reduce the number of active lesions; and potentially extend one’s lifespan
*DMTs have reduced or delayed the number of individuals who advance from relapsing-remitting MS to secondary-progressive MS
You can find out more information on my fundraising efforts here!
Tom Kelly, a Twitter friend of mine, is also raising funds for MS. He is participating in the Bike MS event in his area. You can find out more about his efforts here!
If you are unable to donate financially to either of our fundraising efforts, then you can help by spreading the word! Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated!