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MS Activist Byron Poisel Travels Across Nebraska in his Power Wheelchair to Raise Awareness

July 15, 2015

July 14, 2015 - In an effort to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis (MS), District Activist LeaderByron Poisel completed a journey from Hebron to Omaha, Nebraska, using only his power chair. Byron was accompanied by his immediate and extended family, and had been planning the trip for nearly a year.

Poisel had a number of stops scheduled during his ride, one of which was Lincoln, Nebraska. There, Poisel met with his state senator, Senator Ebke, to raise awareness about MS, to tell his story, and to familiarize himself with his elected officials. This was Poisel’s first visit to his state capitol, but he promises that it won’t be his last.

Poisel, who used to be a frequent runner, relies primarily on his power chair for mobility since he was diagnosed with progressive-relapsing MS more than 2 years ago. Despite the fact that MS has diminished his ability to run, Byron said that he still felt the rush from having the wind in his face as he progressed on his 155 mile journey.

During his trip, the Journal Star published a story about Byron, which garnered a lot of attention. Byron recounted, “once the article was published, I immediately noticed an increase in public awareness. People along the journey began honking, waving, and cheering for me from their cars. When we last checked, the story had been shared 3,400 times. 155 miles later and countless lives made more aware of MS – that makes this a success in my book!”

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and 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 leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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