Apr 09, 2012
DENVER – Residents throughout Cheyenne are preparing to step out to stamp out MS when the Colorado Wyoming Chapter, National MS Society’s Wells Fargo Walk MS Cheyenne, presented by MS Lifelines takes place at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 14 at Lions Park Community House, 4603 Lyons Park Dr.
At the annual fundraising walk friends and families walk one- or three-mile routes to raise funds to support programs and research that benefit the 88,000 people affected by MS in Wyoming and Colorado.
“Every step taken at Walk MS Cheyenne is vital as someone is diagnosed with MS every hour,” emphasized Carrie Nolan, president, Colorado-Wyoming Chapter, National MS Society.
“Wyoming and Colorado have one of the highest prevalence of this disease in the nation with one of every 495 people living with MS compared to one person in every 750 nationally,” Nolan said.
MS is a disease that affects the central nervous system by disrupting the flow of information from the brain to the body, robbing people of movement. MS symptoms vary depending on where the central nervous system and may present in the form of fatigue, vertigo, balance and gait issues and visual impairment. MS usually strikes people ages 20 – 50 in the prime of life and nearly 75 percent of people diagnosed with MS are women.
“While there is no known cause and no known cure, there has been progress thanks to the funding of worldwide research. Just two decades ago there were no therapies available, but today there are eight FDA-approved drugs. Everyone who takes part in Walk MS takes us closer to our ultimate goal of a world free of MS,” Nolan said.
The Chapter has an office in Cheyenne that provides programs, education and advocacy to benefit the more than 1,000 people living with MS in Wyoming,
To register for the Wells Fargo Walk MS Cheyenne, visit www.cureMSco-wy.org
About the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society
The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National MS Society was founded in 1959 and provides comprehensive programs and advocacy to assist and empower the more than 88,000 individuals residing in Colorado and Wyoming who are affected by MS annually. The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter is also a driving force of research for the prevention, treatment and cure of MS and contributes funds to support 335 National MS Society research projects worldwide – five of which are located in Colorado.The Chapter has offices in Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Cheyenne serving the Colorado and Wyoming communities.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis (MS) interrupts the flow of information between the brain and body and it stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than three times as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 in the U.S. and 2.4 million worldwide.