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Karen G

Families with MS
By Jen Gawler

Karen of Vacaville walks for her adult son, Nathan, who was diagnosed with MS in 2008. Karen, Nathan, and her two younger sons participate in Walk MS: Solano County on Team Vacaville/Fairfield We Fight Back. She has been participating in Walk MS since 2009 and has seen the positive impacts that the event has brought to her family: “I have seen firsthand through my [Self-Help Group] how the MS Society helps its members, and I like knowing that I am helping support the MS Society in this through my participation.”

Karen and her family have endured many challenges following Nathan’s diagnosis, which lead them to turn to the National MS Society for assistance. “It has helped me emotionally, and through its publications, it has helped my son fight his MS through proper diet and exercise,” she said. Walk MS also helps Karen stay connected with her family and friends. “I am looking forward to hopefully having my son walk with me again and bring his family along. It is a fun time to spend with my friends and personally, it gives me hope.”

Karen wants to emphasize how important Walk MS is to those living with MS. “Every little bit helps, whether it is donating a dollar to the walk or donating an hour of your time to the walk,” she said. “When you see the support given to every single person with MS at the walk from their friends and family, it is a wonderful thing to experience.” She also encourages those who have never attended a Walk MS event to participate in 2014. “It is a real eye opener for those who have never met people with MS to help understand it and see how they can make a difference in someone’s life, no matter how small.”

Learn more, find a Walk MS site near you, and register today!

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