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Support Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Fundraising

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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 third year ear in a row to participate in the Walk MS 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:
*Fatigue
*Difficulty in walking
*Vision problems
*Emotional changes
*Problems with memory, attention, and problem-solving
*Bladder/bowel dysfunction
*Dizziness and vertigo
*Numbness/pain

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 including icons such as Annette Funicello, who passed away last year.

*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!

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My team and I at Walk MS events in 2012 and 2013!

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!

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#WalkMS Frankenmuth Adventure

Topic: WalkMS Frankenmuth 2013

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Today, I participated in the WalkMS event in Frankenmuth, MI that I mentioned in a post a few weeks back. This is my second year participating in this event. As I wrote on my walker identification card (see image below), I walked to support all those who are suffer from multiple sclerosis, especially, Michael, my husband!

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I joined the same team, “Karasten’s Crew“, as last year. The team members consisted of my friends and along with some members of their families. Below is the team picture we took at the end of the walk:

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The weather today was a bit cold and cloudy with a threat of rain, but was much better the storm we endured last year. The storm trapped all the WalkMS participants inside and all we could do was dance (see image below) instead of walking:

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The weather held and we actually were able to have a pleasant walk. Below are some of the pictures I took along the course:

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Below are some pictures of my friends, Tom & Pam, who encouraged me to join their friend’s team for this walk:

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Below is a picture of team captain, Karasten, who also suffers from the symptoms of MS:

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The team walked the 3.2 Mile WalkMS course (see map below) in about 2 hours.

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After we completed the walk, they gave us all 25th Anniversary buttons as a sign of our accomplishment!

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I had a great time today and I want to thank everyone who was there with us and for all those that donated through my personal page. In addition, on behalf of my husband, the team captain, Karasten, and everyone that suffers the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis, I want to say “Thank YOU” for supporting me and my efforts to raise awareness and funds to help fight this unpredictable disease!!!

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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:
*Fatigue
*Difficulty in walking
*Vision problems
*Emotional changes
*Problems with memory, attention, and problem-solving
*Bladder/bowel dysfunction
*Dizziness and vertigo
*Numbness/pain

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!

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My team and I at last year’s Walk MS event!

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!

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