National MS Society Gearing Up For Colorado Bike, Walk


BEAUTIFUL EASTER ON THE WAY, 72 MONDAY. THEN A QUICK SYSTEM ROLLS THROUGH HERE BY TUESDAY. TO DISRUPTION TO EASTER EGG HUNTS. NO. NOW IS THE TIME TO MAKE YOUR COMMITMENT. SIGN UP AND START THE FUNDRAISING. HERE TO TALK TO US ALL ABOUT THIS IS KAREN NICHOLS. SHE’S THE BOARD CHAIR FOR THE COLORADO CHAPTER. LET’S START OFF BY ANSWERING THIS QUESTION, WHAT IS MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS? IT’S A DISABLING DISEASE OF THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM. WHAT IS ATTACKING IS THE INFORMATION THAT’S GENERATED IN YOUR BRAIN AND SENT TO THE REST OF YOUR BODY IS DISRUPTED. IT’S A TOUGH DISEASE BECAUSE IT MANIFESTS ITSELF IN INDIVIDUALS DIFFERENTLY. SO ONE, YOU KNOW, EACH PERSON IS DIFFERENT. SO IT’S HARD TO DIAGNOSE, IT’S HARD TO UNDERSTAND THE SEVERITY AND PROGRESSION OF THE DISEASE. WE UNDERSTAND YOUR MOM HAD THIS. HOW DOES THIS DISEASE AFFECT A FAMILY IF THE FAMILY MEMBER GOES THROUGH IT? THE FAMILY IS, YOU KNOW, HAVING TO EMBRACE MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS BECAUSE IT DOES AFFECT THE FAMILY. I OFTEN WONDERED, WHAT WAS IT LIKE FOR MY MOTHER TO BE DIAGNOSED? AND THIS WAS MANY, MANY YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS IN FIFTH GRADE. AND BACK THEN THERE WAS NO TREATMENT FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS. SO MUCH LITTLE — I MEAN THERE WAS VERY LITTLE KNOWN ABOUT IT. WE LIVED IN WYOMING AND THERE WASN’T A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT KNEW. BUT SHE NEVER SHOWED THAT TO US. SHE WAS PRETTY RESILIENT. IT AFFECTED HER FIRST THROUGH KIND OF PARALYSIS OF THE LEFT PART OF HER BODY. EVENTUALLY SHE WAS WHEEL-CHAIR BOUND. BUT SHE LACKED THE MOBILITY AND MADE UP IN SPUNKYNESS. SHE SIGNED UP FOR ALL OF THE CLINICAL TRIALS. SHE WANTED TO BE PART OF THE CURE. SHE DIED ABOUT 13 YEARS AGO AND, OF COURSE, SHE WASN’T ABLE TO REALIZE THAT DREAM, BUT THAT’S PART OF THE REASON THAT MY FAMILY AND I HAVE REMAINED IN MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS BECAUSE WE WANT TO HONOR HER BUT WE ALSO WANT THAT DREAM TO COME TRUE. AND WE CAN ALL BE PART OF THE CURE. THE FIRST EVENT IS ON MAY 5TH. THAT’S RIGHT. MAY 5TH, SIGN UP NOW. EVERY ONE CAN PARTICIPATE. IT’S A COMMUNITY EVENT. IT’S HELD AT THE DENVER CITY PARK. LAST YEAR WE HAD OVER 4,000 PEOPLE COME OUT AND PARTICIPATE IN THE WALK. IT’S A TIME TO BRING YOUR FAMILY, YOUR FRIENDS, YOUR COWORKERS, FUND RAISE. BE A PART OF THE COMMUNITY. OF COURSE YOU HAVE THE BIKING PORTION AND KAREN LEIGH IS A BIG PROPONENT OF THAT. TWO GREAT EVENTS SUPPORTING AN AMAZING ORGANIZATION. WE’VE GOT ALL OF THE INFORMATION THAT YOU NEED ON

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