Plans are in the works for the third annual McMinnville MS Walk on Oct. 12 at the McMinnville Civic Center pavilion and walking trail.
“Walking for MS is a simple, but incredibly powerful way for you to share in the hope for the future,” said event coordinator Heather George. “It helps raise critical funds that support cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education and provides programs and services to help people with MS move their lives forward.”
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another.
While the cause of MS is still not known, scientists believe a combination of several factors may be involved. Studies are ongoing in the areas of immunology (the science of the body’s immune system), epidemiology (that looks at patterns of disease in the population), and genetics in an effort to answer this important question.
MS is thought to affect more than 2.1 million people worldwide. While the disease is not contagious, scientists who study patterns of disease have identified factors in the distribution of MS around the world that may eventually help determine what causes the disease. These factors include gender, genetics, age, geography, and ethnic background.
Although there is still no cure for MS, effective strategies are available to modify the disease course, treat flare-ups, manage symptoms, improve function and safety, and provide emotional support. In combination, these treatments enhance the quality of life for people living with MS.
On Oct. 12, registration will start at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10:30 a.m.
To learn how you can get involved with McMinnville MS Walk 2013, contact George at 224-7997.