On March 16th I am running in honor of one of the best people I've ever known, and by far the kindest person I've ever known for Multiple System Atrophy Awareness Month at the Run to Get Lucky in Corvallis, Oregon. My Uncle Steve recently succumbed to the debilitating disease, Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), this last October. MSA is a degenerative neurological disorder that as of now has no cure. Currently the only treatment for MSA are treatments to help only with the side effects, and the average life span after someone is diagnosed with MSA is 5 to 9 years. It is often compared with being a very aggressive form of Parkinson's.
Watching my uncle face this crippling disease over the years was extremely difficult for our family, and even harder to lose such an important person in our lives. I can only hope that other individuals and families in the future will be able to have more hope as they face this disease with no current cure. I run for the memory of my dear uncle and for everyone who has suffered or is currently suffering from this disease, as well as those who will face it in the future. March is Multiple System Atrophy Awareness Month, and I am running to raise awareness for MSA and to help fund vital research for a cure.
Please, donate today!! I am hoping to raise $1,500 by March 16. Just $20 will be a huge step towards reaching my fundraising goal, and one step closer to finding a cure.
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