Apr 01, 2013
Belmar, NJ – Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease of the central nervous system for which there is no cure. MS interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and can stop people from moving. For some, this means living with unpredictable symptoms that can come and go, like numbness and blurred vision. For others, there is more permanent damage, like paralysis. For everyone impacted by MS, it means not knowing what the day will bring and always being prepared for the unexpected, making it difficult to move forward in life.
Belmar resident, Nicole Pica, was named the 2013 Walk MS Ambassador for the New Jersey Metro Chapter’s Walk MS event. Ms. Pica, who is living with MS will help to raise awareness of this devastating disease and the Walk MS fundraising event by sharing her story.
Nicole was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis almost three years ago. She continues to battle everyday with MS symptoms of extreme fatigue, constant numb/tingly hands, legs and feet and extreme eye pain that often causes her cease everyday activities. While the unpredictability of the future worries her, she tries to take on each day with a positive attitude. She holds onto hope and continues to try and make a difference for herself and for others living with multiple sclerosis.
This past year has been particularly trying for Nicole. The progression of her MS forced her to cut her career short. Additionally, this past October, she was displaced from her home in Belmar by Superstorm Sandy. Nicole continues to push forward in the face of these setbacks. She has been busy fundraising for Walk MS as well a volunteering for the New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National MS Society. Additionally, she has been fundraising for her neighbors and friends in Belmar and beyond helping to restore the Jersey Shore. Just about every weekend she is either running a fundraiser or volunteering her time for these causes.
On Sunday, April 14 she will cut the ribbon at the 2013 Walk MS in Belmar/Lake Como and walk her way to helping to create a world free of multiple sclerosis. The local Walk MS event will be held at Bar A in Lake Como, the route will be altered because of damage sustained the Belmar and Spring Lake boardwalks but will start and end in the usual sport, Bar Anticipation. Lake Como 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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