EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2011
I am fundraising to help Multiple Sclerosis Research and hopefully help find a cure for MS. Unfortunately a very close family member of mine as recently been diagnosed with MS and I am very attached to make sure that a cure is found to help her and all those affected.
Here is some background on MS
MS was first described in 1838, but was not recognized as a specific disease until 30 years later. Approximately 400,000 Americans acknowledge having MS, and every week about 200 individuals are diagnosed with MS. Worldwide, MS may affect more than 2.5 Million individuals. The vast majority of the individuals inflicted with MS live a normal lifespan but MS patients may struggle to live productive lives, often with increasing limitations.
MS is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system (the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord) characterized by the destruction of the myelin sheath surrounding nerve cells, and often leading to the irreversible degeneration of the nerve cells themselves. This destructive process causes a variety of disabling and sometimes painful symptoms including blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis and blindness.
MS is an autoimmune disorder, meaning that the patient's own immune system attacks the nerve tissue. There is no full understanding of the cause and mechanism of the disease; and, while a variety of effective treatments have been shown to reduce some symptoms and, in some cases, arrest the progress of the disease, there is no cure for MS.
All the contributions will directly go towards The Multiple Sclerosis Research Center of New York. You can visit their webpage here: http://www.msrcny.org/index.php
The MS Research Center Laboratory
The MS Research Center is equipped with the latest in research equipment and technology in order to conduct cutting-edge research for the benefit of people with MS. Occupying 20,000 square feet in midtown Manhattan, the research facility consists of a core central laboratory and a variety of smaller labs that house specialized research equipment.
The Multiple Sclerosis Research Center of New York is a 501c3 nonprofit medical research organization. Your tax-deductible contributions support our mission of finding the cause and a cure for MS.