My niece, Veronica (Roni), lived with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for over 20 years before passing away on September 3, 2010. Veronica had a vivacious spirit and vibrant smile even as she spent her final years with severe limited mobility, lovingly cared for by her husband and daughter at home.
Veronica’s daughter, Heather, has headed up a Walk MS team in Joliet, Illinois in her mom’s honor for many years and will once again lead “Running for Roni” in her memory on Sunday, May 6, 2012. I’ll be joining Heather and thousands of others across America walking to create a world free of Multiple Sclerosis.
The cause of MS is still not known and there is not a cure.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an often debilitating disease that attacks the central nervous system, interrupting the flow of information between the brain and the body. Symptoms vary from one person to another and range from mild numbness to severe paralysis or vision loss. It affects 400,000 people in the United States, and every hour someone is newly diagnosed.
There is hope.
Advances are being made in research and new treatments are being developed that give hope to people affected by MS. The money raised for Walk MS funds research and provides educational programs and services to help those living with MS and their families.
How you can help.
I encourage you to learn more about Multiple Sclerosis and what you can do to make a difference by visiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s website.