Apr 04, 2012
Seaside/Freehold, NJ – Freehold resident, Nicole Mills, was named the 2012 Walk MS “Most Inspirational Walker” for the New Jersey Metro’s Walk MS event. On Sunday, April 15 she will cut the ribbon at the 2012 Walk MS in Seaside Park and walk her way to helping to create a world free of multiple sclerosis.
Nine years ago, at only 29 years old, Nicole was struck with sudden paralysis of her arms and legs, blindness, and lost the ability to swallow and taste. After 5 months of intensive rehabilitation and therapies, Nicole was once again able to independently function, all the while maintaining her zest for life and ability to make others laugh in the face of horrific circumstances.
Nicole and her dog Mikey now live in New Jersey's only Multiple Sclerosis housing development. There, Nicole has become a leader and motivator for her neighbors. She plans numerous group meetings and actively seeks donations to make their community common area a more fun and useful space. Everyone in the development knows Nicole and Mikey, and their door is always open for a visit or to help a neighbor who is less able.
On Sunday, April 15 2012 Nicole and her team “9 DOWN” will hit the boardwalk to help create a world free of MS in the 2012 Walk MS event. Walk MS in Seaside Park will be held at Tri Boro First Aid Squad, 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 10,000 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: Patricia Tupycia 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. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with the disease. 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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