Apr 02, 2013
Highland Park, NJ – Highland Park resident, Michael Weiss, was named one of the 2013 Walk MS “Most Inspirational Walkers” for the New Jersey Metro’s Walk MS event. On Sunday, April 14 he will cut the ribbon at the 2013 Walk MS in Jersey City and walk his way to help to create a world free of multiple sclerosis.
Early in 2004 Michael started to experience some strange health issues. Among those were bouts of vertigo and heaviness in his legs and his feet to the point where they seemed to be dragging. Additionally, he began having hearing issues and ringing in his ears. His head, face, and sometimes the entire left side of his body would go numb.
After several visits to the family doctor Michael was told that his symptoms were “physiologically impossible”, and that he should relax and should get a massage. On March 19th 2004, Michael became a father for the second time and on March 24th, Michael went numb from the waist down and was barely able to get out of bed. On April 26th, 2004 he was finally diagnosed with MS.
Michael’s diagnosis left him with an overwhelming feeling that he had lost control over his future. “Instead of giving in to that feeling and letting my MS control me, I decided to take a pro-active approach and started to build a support team to manage my MS”, says Michael. He is a firm believer of doing something every single day to put himself in a position to be successful with his MS. “I know how important the National MS Society is to so many, and that is one reason I walk.” Since Michael became involved with Walk MS he has helped to raise over $200,000 through Team Weiss and serves as an inspirational speaker for not only the New Jersey Metro Chapter but the national organization as well. Michael says he won't stop until we find a cure!
On Sunday, April 14, Michael and his team, “Team Weiss”, will hit the trail to help create a world free of MS in the 2013 Walk MS event. The local Walk MS event will be held at Babbage Park in North Brunswick, however it is only one of 12 Walk MS sites that the New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National MS Society will run that day. The event will see over 12,000 participants with a goal of raising more than $2 million in an effort to create MS awareness, raise funds to support critical programs and services and help fund a cure.
For more information about Walk MS please contact: Jennifer Hivry at 800-344-4867 or visit http://walknjm.nationalmssociety.org. It’s not too late to join the movement.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the body. 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 twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.1 million worldwide.
About the National MS Society
The National MS Society is a movement by and for people with MS. The Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education and provides programs and services that help people with MS and their families to move their lives forward. MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn’t.
Join the movement.
Find out more at nationalMSsociety.org/njm
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