I want a cure for my birthday. Help me (and my Mom) get one.
I'm participating in the MS Walkathon again this year to help raise money to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.
My mom has MS. She exhibited symptoms in her teens and early adulthood, but wasn't officially diagnosed until after she married and popped out 3 bouncing baby boys. Affecting her primarily in the legs, MS was trying to keep her from chasing us around the park and the mall.
But mommy dearest wasn't going to let a little thing like MS slow her down. We got her a scooter, with a custom plate “BORN TO RIDE” and she had me and my brothers chasing her around. Casual walks down the boardwalk turned into a race when she'd slam it into rabbit and leave us in the dust on the way back to the car. And if her batteries ran out, she had 3 strong boys to push her back. I was a well exercised kid.
My dad and brothers all work in the elevator business. Our first house had more elevators and lifts and ramps than my doctor’s office. And their vans have had more moving parts than a transformer – a ramp/lift for the wheelchair and a front seat that lowers out and down for my mom to get into. I blame my gadget addiction on my parents, and yet they can barely navigate the dvd player.
I was still spelling my last name wrong in grade 3, but I've been able to spell "Multiple Sclerosis" since grade one.
This is how MS has affected me and the people I love the most. How has MS affected you and yours? There are over 100,000 Canadians living with MS, which makes the number of people affected (friends, family and caregivers too) astronomical. Someone you know is living with, or affected by, the disease.
Please help me reach my fund-raising goal and help find a cure for MS.
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.
…a future without MS
I've registered for the MS Walk because I want to do something for everyone who lives with multiple sclerosis. The MS Society is the only national voluntary organization in Canada that supports both MS research and services, and the MS Walk has been a critical part of the MS Society's fundraising efforts for over 20 years. Proceeds from this event and others like it provide support and services to help those living with this disease, their families and caregivers. They also fund research with three primary goals: to find a cause and cure for MS, repair nervous system damage caused by MS and stop MS attacks. By supporting me, you too can make a difference in the life of someone with multiple sclerosis.
I am part of the MS Walk because I believe we will end multiple sclerosis - with your help we can get there. Please give generously.