Apr 13, 2013
Belford, NJ – Belford resident, Rosemarie Edwards, 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 Lincroft and walk her way to help to create a world free of multiple sclerosis.
Rosemarie and her family began participating in Walk MS three yeas ago, however her family has known multiple sclerosis (MS ) for over 40 years. Her mother was diagnosed with MS in the mid 70's with symptoms beginning as early as 1969. At the time there were no disease modifying medications to slow down the progression of MS and her health steadily declined. By 1978 she was confined to a wheelchair. Rosemarie recalls her mother suffering with severe headaches, muscle cramps and leg spasms that gradually became severe, dizzy spells which all culminated in a loss of all mobility.
“Our lives were torn apart by MS”, says Rosemarie. “My Mom endured incredible suffering. With six children that she couldn't hug, drive anywhere, walk with and care for in general. All this upset led to various family divides, isolation, shame and tension that lasted even after her passing.” Rosemarie’s mother passed on in 2001.
Rosemarie goes on to say “as time has passed, wounds have healed and we have found our way back together from that dark, unhappy place.” Some of the families happiest memories were growing up, watching Bugs Bunny cartoons together; from that came their team name “Bugs Bunnies”. Over the past 2 years they have raised over $24,000 for critical MS research and to support programs and services for those living locally impacted by MS. She is determined to add another $10,000 to that total this year.
On Sunday, April 14, 2013 Rosemarie and “Bugs Bunnies” will hit the trail to help create a world free of MS in the 2013 Walk MS event to be held in Lincroft. Lincroft 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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