On November 5th I will be running in the TCS New York City Marathon as a member of Team Tisch MS. Running alongside me will be my best friend Grace Putman. MS is a cause close to her heart because her amazingly strong mother, Susan, has battled Multiple Scerosis (MS) for over 25 years. Susan is extremely resilient and someone who has become like family to me over the past few years. Her strength, with the strength of others close to our hearts that have been affected by this disease, have inspired us to do something good with our passion for running.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, incurable, and often disabling disease of the central nervous system (the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord). There is no full understanding of the cause and, while a variety of treatments attempt to halt progression and reduce symptoms, there is no cure for MS. Susan's outstanding doctor, Dr. Sadiq, and his team are about to begin the FDA-approved Phase II Stem Cell trial, which is the first to reach this stage in America. In the initial phase, this treatment has given wheelchair bound patients the ability to walk again and has repaired the damage caused by this disease. Funding this initiative is critical to the Tisch MS Research Center’s goal of finding both the cause of and a cure for MS.
I am running towards a healthier future, and a future without MS. I hope I will have your support to help me get there. Your contribution will support groundbreaking stem cell trials, research to improve treatments, and investigations into the cause. We all want a future without MS. Together, let’s make a difference.
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