Apr 10, 2012
Union Beach, NJ – Union Beach resident, Ruth DiMartino, was named the 2012 Walk MS “Most Inspirational Walker” for the New Jersey Metro’s Walk MS Sandy Hook event. On Sunday, April 15 she will cut the ribbon at the 2012 Walk MS in Area E of Gateway National Park and walk her way to help create a world free of multiple sclerosis.
This year Ruth recognizes ten years since her MS diagnosis as well as her 10th anniversary of walking in the National MS Society’s Walk MS event. She was inspired to start walking in the event after she saw what an impact the Society’s programs and support services made in the lives of those living with the disease. Ruth says that the fact that the on going research will eventually lead to better, more effective medications encourages her to focus on fundraising. After being on several medications over the years the ongoing research to find better medications, especially oral medication (No more needles!) is a real motivation.
“Personally, I feel empowered fighting the disease for this long. There have been many ups and downs, but I feel I have always come out fighting. I have a wonderful support system of family and friends who help in any way that they can. I look at my 4 year old son and am amazed every day that he is here and grateful that I can take care of him. He is part of this journey. I am excited to walk with my awesome team, Rocco’s Rebels, again this year at Sandy Hook, and in addition, my sister will have another part of the team walking where she lives in Oklahoma“ says Ruth. Ruth and her team of rebels have consistently raised about $5,000 per year, every year.
Sunday, April 15 2012 Ruth will hit the trail to help create a world free of MS in the 2012 Walk MS event. The local Walk MS event will be held in Area E of Gateway National Park in Sandy Hook, 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: 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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