Apr 12, 2012
Manalapan– Manalapan resident, Stephanie Fitzgerald, was named the 2012 Walk MS “Most Inspirational Walker” for the New Jersey Metro’s Freehold Walk MS event. On Sunday, April 15 she will cut the ribbon at the 2012 Walk MS event at CentraState Medical Center in honor of her husband Scott.
Stephanie became involved in Walk MS immediately after Scott was diagnosed with the disease. Scott’s diagnosis was devastating, just six month prior to it he had found out he had Crones disease and was already battling Ankolosing Spondilitis.
Stephanie registered for Walk MS “because I want to do something for my husband, and other people who have been diagnosed – and because I want to do everything to prevent more people from learning what it means to live with this disease”. Stephanie says “Fortunately Scott doesn't let anything bring him down and he continues to work as a chef and play hockey despite all of his ailments. He is my inspiration, as I would be so depressed if I was in his situation, but he always keeps positive and that keeps my spirits up. “
Stephanie organized their Walk MS, the “Fighting Fitzgeralds” and every year they are a top fundraising team. They currently have 30 plus team members and are fighting to become the top fundraising team in Freehold.
On Sunday, April 15 2012 Stephanie and her team will hit the pavement to help create a world free of MS in the 2012 Walk MS event to be held in Freehold at CentraState Medical Center. Freehold is 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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