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AspenTNT2015

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THE STORY:

It is likely that you know at least one person in Aspen with Multiple Sclerosis. Lexi McNutt (with a group of good friends) started the race in 2013, two years after she was diagnosed with the disease. This year, Amy Behrhorst is joining Lexi and the rest of race team to organize and fundraise for the Aspen TNT. Amy was diagnosed with MS in 2009. We represent just a fraction of the number of people in the Roaring Fork Valley living with MS.

Each of us was daunted and scared by the thought of life with MS. But each of us has decided to confront this disease head-on. We believe wholeheartedly that through continued research a cure for MS will be found in our lifetimes.  If we had been diagnosed in the early 1990s, there would have been no effective disease treatment.  Now there are treatments that can reduce MS attacks and slow disease activity.

Currently, there is no treatment to stop the progression of MS or that can reverse and restore function lost to nervous system damage caused by this disease.  But the great news is that there have been several recent breakthroughs in research that have given the MS community hope that there will be medications to reverse the damage caused by MS and to end MS entirely in our lifetime.  The key to this is ongoing research.

Over the past two years, the Aspen TNT has donated over $100,000 for research to the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  With your help, we will to be able to continue our support of the efforts of the National MS Society.

MS is chronic disease of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves.  MS can cause blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis, blindness and more. These problems may be permanent or may come and go.  MS is not considered a fatal disease, as the vast majority of people with MS live a normal life-span.  MS is the leading cause of disability in young women and the second leading cause of disability in young men.  

Worldwide, MS affects about 2.7 million people and over 400,000 Americans have been diagnosed with the disease.  The incidence of MS is higher north of the 38th parallel.  In Colorado, it is estimated that one in 420 people have MS.

MS has a significant emotional and physical impact on the quality of life of those who have it.  Seventy percent of people living with MS have a level of impairment from the disease that interferes with at least one essential daily task.  After 10 years of disease, seventy percent of people with MS will not be working outside the home.  After 15 years, fifty percent will require at least a cane to walk.  Thirty percent will eventually need to use a wheelchair.

The National MS Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world, and providing programs and services designed to support people with MS and their families move their lives forward.  The National MS Society is the largest private funder of MS research in the world.

The Aspen TNT is scheduled for Saturday, October 3, 2015. The race, which features a unique route on various trails, bike paths and sidewalks around the town of Aspen, Colorado, benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Colorado-Wyoming Chapter. 100% of net proceeds from the race will be donated to the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for the purpose of continued research. 

It is likely that you know at least one person in Aspen with Multiple Sclerosis. Lexi McNutt started the race in 2013, two years after she was diagnosed with the disease. This year, Amy Behrhorst and Liz Garfield are joining Lexi to organize and fundraise for the Aspen TNT. Amy was diagnosed with MS in 2009 and Liz was recently diagnosed in 2014. We represent just a fraction of the number of people in the Roaring Fork Valley living with MS.

Each of us was daunted and scared by the thought of life with MS. But each of us has decided to confront this disease head-on. We believe wholeheartedly that through continued research a cure for MS will be found in our lifetimes.  If we had been diagnosed in the early 1990s, there would have been no effective disease treatment.  Now there are treatments that can reduce MS attacks and slow disease activity.

Currently, there is no treatment to stop the progression of MS or that can reverse and restore function lost to nervous system damage caused by this disease.  But the great news is that there have been several recent breakthroughs in research that have given the MS community hope that there will be medications to reverse the damage caused by MS and to end MS entirely in our lifetime.  The key to this is ongoing research.

Over the past two years, the Aspen TNT has donated over $100,000 for research to the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  With your help, we will to be able to continue our support of the efforts of the National MS Society.

MS is chronic disease of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves.  MS can cause blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis, blindness and more. These problems may be permanent or may come and go.  MS is not considered a fatal disease, as the vast majority of people with MS live a normal life-span.  MS is the leading cause of disability in young women and the second leading cause of disability in young men.  

Worldwide, MS affects about 2.7 million people and over 400,000 Americans have been diagnosed with the disease.  The incidence of MS is higher north of the 38th parallel.  In Colorado, it is estimated that one in 420 people have MS.

MS has a significant emotional and physical impact on the quality of life of those who have it.  Seventy percent of people living with MS have a level of impairment from the disease that interferes with at least one essential daily task.  After 10 years of disease, seventy percent of people with MS will not be working outside the home.  After 15 years, fifty percent will require at least a cane to walk.  Thirty percent will eventually need to use a wheelchair.

The National MS Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world, and providing programs and services designed to support people with MS and their families move their lives forward.  The National MS Society is the largest private funder of MS research in the world.

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$20,350

MONEY RAISED
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  • ZG Chicks Advised Fund

    $1,000

  • Knight Family

    $10,000

  • Roaring Fork Neurology

    $2,500

  • David Johnston Architects

    $1,500

  • Aspen Valley Hospital

    $1,000

  • Cos Bar

    $2,000

  • Waas Campbell Rivera Johnson & Velasquez LLP

    $500

  • William and Diane Hunckler Foundation

    $1,000

  • Hecht

    $300

  • Lather Salon Aspen

    $250

  • lululemon atheltica

     

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102% Raised of $20,000 Goal

Donor Comments

lululemon atheltica

lululemon atheltica

lissa ballinger is a rockstar! 3 years ago

Lather Salon Aspen

Lather Salon Aspen

DONATION: $250

3 years ago

Hecht

Hecht

DONATION: $300

3 years ago

William and Diane Hunckler Foundation

William and Diane Hunckler Foundation

DONATION: $1,000

3 years ago

Waas Campbell Rivera Johnson & Velasquez LLP

Waas Campbell Rivera Johnson & Velasquez LLP

DONATION: $500

3 years ago

Cos Bar

Cos Bar

DONATION: $2,000

3 years ago

Aspen Valley Hospital

Aspen Valley Hospital

DONATION: $1,000

3 years ago

David Johnston Architects

David Johnston Architects

DONATION: $1,500

3 years ago

Roaring Fork Neurology

Roaring Fork Neurology

DONATION: $2,500

3 years ago

Knight Family

Knight Family

DONATION: $10,000

3 years ago