Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. MS is different for everyone, and that makes it all the more challenging to solve. The first Walk MS event was in 1988, and since then more than $970 million has been raised for research and programs to improve the lives of people living with MS. Today, there are treatments where there weren’t any before, and the dream of ending MS is becoming a reality. But there is still so much to do.
In a couple weeks there’ll be a type of “Walkathon” to encourage MS (multiple-sclerosis) awareness and action. I just wanted to help any way I could so I’ll be doing whatever set up or tear down they need. There is also an option to raise money, so if you are affected by MS, know someone with it, or just want to help fund more research in the future, I believe that this is a good organization to donate a few bucks toward.
I put a small amount of research into the National MS Society, and found that it scored ¾ on CharityNavigator (you can decide how good that rating site is for charities), so you should know that your money isn’t going straight into the CEOs pockets.
But really, if you’re a Gainesville-ian, come check out the walk — awareness is just as important as money.