Tuesday, April 18, 2006  

MS Walk

One of my bestest friends, Karen, is walking in the MS walk this fall. Please consider supporting her - I've copied her letter below. And let me add that when she says that her dad has MS, what she doesn't say is that he is now wheelchair bound, can barely speak, and can't eat or drink. When he was diagnosed, he and my dad were the coaches for our soccer team. It's been heartbreaking to watch him struggle as his body continues to fail him.

I'm participating in the MS Challenge Walk September 29-October 1, 2006. My father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis eighteen years ago, and I have decided to challenge myself to walk 50 miles over the course of three days in support of my dad and the over 400,000 Americans living with MS. My goal is to raise $1,500 in support of this cause to help people like my dad and my family who live with MS on a daily basis. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic and often disabling disease of the central nervous system. People are usually diagnosed with MS between the ages of 20 and 50. Symptoms of the disease are unpredictable, ranging from tingling and numbness to paralysis and blindness. The National MS Society is the largest private sponsor of MS research in the world. They support research projects that are aimed at finding the cause of MS, better treatments for individuals living with it, and ultimately a cure. The National MS Society also directly supports individuals with MS and their families through numerous local programs and services.

If you choose to make a donation, you can donate online HERE.

(I'll eventually get around to putting a link on my sidebar. )



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