From my friend, Christine Anderson – I’m participating in the Pittsburgh Walk to raise money for the National MS Society. Both of my sisters have MS, which has had a major impact on their lives. My middle sister, Susan, has memory issues, balance issues, fatigue, and vision issues. My youngest sister, Mary Kay, is having progressive difficulty with her legs and ability to walk. My grandmother, who passed away a few years ago, also had MS. The National MS Society is not only searching for a cure and more effective treatment, it also offers many programs to support those with MS.
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Why I Participate:
Both my sisters have MS. I have seen first hand the profound impact it has had on their lives, particularly my middle sister. The need to find effective treatment for this disease is enough to inspire my couch potato inactive self to commit to participating in a walkathon.
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms 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. 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.
Please support me!
Seriously. If you know me, you know my total lack of enthusiasm for walking any distance. To help end MS, I’m willing to hike around Pittsburgh, so how about donating a couple of bucks for finding a cure for MS. Any amount will help and be much appreciated.
Your gift helps provide life-changing programs and services for people affected by MS, and cutting-edge research. Your donation puts us closer to realizing our promise to STOP MS in its tracks, RESTORE lost function and END MS forever. Ending MS means no one will receive an MS diagnosis again.
Every step matters. Every dollar counts. Every person makes a difference.