Apr 12, 2013
Englewood, NJ –Englewood resident, Renee Jackson, 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 Ridgefield Park and walk her way to help to create a world free of multiple sclerosis.
For more than ten years Renee and her team “Faith is our Pathway” have been participating in the Walk MS event in Bergen County. Not only does Renee live with the daily struggles of multiple sclerosis but most of her team does as well. Faith is our Pathway is also an MS self help group based out of Englewood.
The group meets every month and offers support and help to each other and all those with MS in many ways. Their meetings often feature speakers who offer leadership and guidance in areas such as insurance and finance, new pharmaceuticals and treatments, and health and wellness programs. In addition members of the group travel to local officials offices to advocate for funds for research and education, new clinical trials, and improved disability programs.
Over the years Renee has raised over $20,000 to support critical MS research efforts and programs and services for those living locally who are impacted by MS. “The Society is a great help to those of us with MS from offering devices to assist in walking to programs that help others understand the disease and how to live with it”, says Renee. This year Renee plans to add $3,000 more to her total money raised. “We walk to show the different faces of MS and that whether we are in a walker, wheelchair, using a cane or upright on our feet, we want everyone to know who we are and that we are fighting for a world with No More MS. That is why raising money for the National MS Society is so important.“
On Sunday, April 14, Renee and Faith is Our Pathway, will hit the trail to help create a world free of MS in the 2013 Walk MS event. In Ridgefield Park. Ridgefield Park 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: Jen Hivry 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