Can you imagine?
Having multiple sclerosis means that one morning you may not be able to walk when you wake up. Or that you may suddenly have impaired vision. Or that your memory will fail you for no apparent reason. The symptoms of MS are many and vary for everyone. It's estimated that approximately 55,000-75,000 men and women in Canada have the disease, and every day about three more people are diagnosed.
My personal reason for fighting this thing.
I've registered for the MS Walk because I want to do something for everyone who lives with multiple sclerosis. This isn't just for the the people that actually have it. It's for the families and friends that are also affected by it.
My mother was diagnosed with it when I was 6 months old. She was eventually paralyzed from the neck down which meant there were a lot of moments when despite how much she wanted to, she couldn't live what most people feel is a normal life. She eventually couldn't even hug her son.
Now, my good friend and student Robert Rilling has it. It's sad to see such a young man with such an amazing future and love for life having to be concerned with the affects of a terrible disease like this. I am so proud to know this man. I respect his strong determination. I am honoured to be known as his friend.
I am part of the MS Walk because I have to believe we will end multiple sclerosis. I can't just sit without fighting back. With your help we can get there. Please give generously.