Apr 11, 2013
Bridgewater, NJ – Bridgewater resident, Judi Scannell, was named one of the 2013 Walk MS “Most Inspirational Walkers” for the New Jersey Metro’s Walk MS event. On Sunday, April 14 she will cut the ribbon at the 2013 Walk MS in Flemington and walk her way to help to create a world free of multiple sclerosis.
Judi became involved in Walk MS several years ago in honor of her sister, Dona, who is living with multiple sclerosis (MS). Judi watched her struggle with numbness in her limbs and go through extensive testing before she was finally diagnosed with MS. “At the time I felt the need to do SOMETHING to support her and the cause”, says Judi. "Walk MS was the perfect opportunity to help in some small way and I’ve been participating ever since.”
Today Dona battles daily fatigue, extreme pain, trouble walking, speech issues and is unable to do a lot of the things she used to do. Judi says “I’ll continue to raise money and walk with family and friends as long as I am able. It’s important to me, and my sister. " Now Judi not only walks for her sister but two long time friends have also been diagnosed with the disease. Over the years Judi has raised over $10,000 for critical MS research and to support programs and services for those living locally with MS. She is determined to add another $1,000 to that total this year.
On Sunday, April 14, 2013 Judi and “Livin’ on a Prayer” will hit the road to help create a world free of MS in the 2013 Walk MS event to be held in Flemington. Flemington 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. 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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