Why We Fight

On March 8, 2011, in MS Donations, MS Stories, by Dave Schwarber

Having multiple sclerosis means that 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 different, and and can be devastating, for everyone; the only certainty is that it will […]

Having multiple sclerosis means that 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 different, and and can be devastating, for everyone; the only certainty is that it will affect yet another person every hour of every day.

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Why I Walk

I’ve registered for the MS Walk because I want to do something for my wife and daughter, as well as the millions of other people who have been diagnosed – and because I want to do everything to prevent more people from learning what it means to live with this disease. Today, there is no cure for multiple sclerosis, and with a diagnosis occurring most frequently between the ages of 20 and 50, many individuals face a lifetime filled with unpredictability. My daughter was diagnosed just five years ago – on Christmas Day. She was just 23 at the time.

But the research your donations fund do make a difference! In 2008, she was already unable to work and had been told by four different neurologists that they’ve never seen such an aggressive case in such a young person. In 2009, she started on Tysabri, and has regained much of her mobility! My wife Barb has been fighting valiantly against the disease for over 25 years, and we still hope that research will find a way to reverse the negative effect it’s had on her body.

Why You Should Sponsor Me

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will use funds collected from the MS Walk to not only support research for a cure tomorrow, but also to provide programs which address the needs of people living with MS today. Because we choose to walk for those who sometimes can’t, because we choose to donate to the MS Walk, we are getting closer to the hour when no one will have to hear the words, “You have MS.” It may make a real difference in my daughter’s experience with the disease and my wife’s ability to keep fighting it.

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