Support MS Research
Imagine waking up in the morning with severe numbness and weakness in your hands that resolve. Months later you notice double vision and severe muscle cramps that also may improve. Later, you note weakness in your legs that impairs your ability to walk. You finally see the doctor, and she tells you that you may have multiple sclerosis (MS). She follows this diagnosis by saying “you did nothing wrong, and the cause of this condition is unknown.” You ask about treatments and she says “they are getting better as MS research and medication development are leading towards better treatment options.”
Quite a bit to take in…
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 400,000 Americans are trying to work through and cope with MS. MS is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune cells attack the protective covering over nerves in the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms range from mental problems to movement impairments and paralysis in the worst cases. Additionally, pain occurs in 30-50% of patients. In most cases, there is an initial attack in which many neurological symptoms resolve. However, over time recurrent attacks can lead to worsening symptoms. The cause of MS is not exactly known, but many studies have shown strong relationships between MS and genetic predisposition, environmental factors and recent viral illness.
Throughout history there have been many disorders and diseases that resulted in severe morbidity and mortality because of the lack of technology in diagnostic equipment, such as MRI, lack of medical treatments and a decreased availability of medications that can help treat certain diseases. Think about heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, certain rheumatologic diseases and even HIV. All of these diseases, while still very serious, have been somewhat well-researched to the point where medical treatment can prolong life and reduce disability. Because of medications, heart surgery and stent placements, people with heart disease are given a second chance. Because of extensive HIV research, medications have been developed to prolong the course and prevent the spread of this sexually transmitted disease. It is because of your donations throughout history that medical advancements remain possible.
The same is true for MS research.
Throughout the years the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has raised millions of dollars in support of therapies and treatments for MS research. Because of these donations, new medications have been developed to both manage symptoms and decrease the severity of the disease. Unfortunately, there is not yet a cure, but continued forward movement may help researchers develop ways to effectively treat this disease, or at least, find ways in preventing its occurrence. Your donation or support in MS bike rides and walks will help keep the momentum towards a cure going forward.
Please donate here to MS research, or participate in the many activities they have to raise funds for MS research including:
- Check out Bike MS which has more than 100 rides across the nation with more than 100,000 participants and growing!
- Sign up for Walk MS which has more than 600 walks across the nation.
I will be participating in an upcoming WALK MS event on March 24th at Audubon Park!
Thank you for taking the time to do what you can!