Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects about one-tenth of the American population. Yet in spite of its prevalence, MS is very difficult to detect and diagnose. It is a degenerative disease affecting the central nervous system. The symptoms are sporadic and often attributed to other factors, there are no concrete tests for MS, so a confident diagnosis can be difficult to make and requires numerous tests and analysis. If that information is not unsettling enough, the prognosis for those diagnosed with MS is as troublesome as the diagnosis itself: with such sporadic and varied episodes of symptoms, doctors have difficulty assessing the progression of MS in patients.
But enough bad news; there is good news – you can help!
How? Eat spaghetti! Spread the word – Lissa O’Donnell of OTS is holding a Spaghetti Fundraiser and Bake Sale on April 27 to raise money for the National MS Society. Lissa is participating in the National MS Society’s “MS Capital Challenge Walk” in September. She is working to raise $1,500 for her team Gary’s Gang.
In September, Gary’s Gang will walk 50K “in honor of many individuals, including my roommate from college and dear friend Gary who was diagnosed with MS a little over 2 years ago,” Lissa says. “Part of my mission is to raise as much money as I can for the National MS Society to help doctors, researchers, patients and their families who are fighting this disease.”
Help Lissa and fight MS!
When: Saturday, April 27, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The dinner will be buffet style; guests can arrive anytime during the event
Where: Towson United Methodist Church (Right down the street from the TU Administration Building)
Cost: Advance tickets cost $10 for adults and children 12 and older; $5 for children 5 – 12; children under 5 eat free. Tickets purchased at the door will cost an additional $5.
Lissa can also contacted at LKO1783@gmail.com
The National MS Society is a non-profit, voluntary health organization whose mission is to cure Multiple Sclerosis and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The Society provides funding for research, public and professional education, advocacy, patient aid and community service programs. All contributions to the Society are 100 percent tax deductible.
Blog article complied by Eric VanLieshout
Information on Multiple Sclerosis taken from http://multiple-sclerosis.emedtv.com/multiple-sclerosis/multiple-sclerosis-diagnosis.html