A local organization that is near and dear to my heart is
the Greater Illinois Multiple Sclerosis Society.
My boyfriend of three years was diagnosed with MS the year before he started attending DePaul, and over the course of our relationship I have learned a lot about the disease and how it affects those who have it. For the 3rd time, both Will’s family and my family participated in the annual 3-mile walk to support the MS society over
the weekend regardless of the cold, overcast weather!
Multiple Sclerosis involves the central nervous system of
the body. Basically, the immune system attacks the myelin that surrounds nerve
fibers – myelin is a fatty, protective coating around nerves in the central
nervous system. When the myelin is damaged, signals going to the brain are
interrupted, causing symptoms like dizziness, difficulty walking and memory
loss. People with MS often have grey legions on their brains and spines, which
are scars from the damaged myelin. There is currently no cure for MS, which is
why the organization holds fundraisers to help with research, clinic trials and
support programs to help those affected. If you’d like to know more about Will’s
story, you can check out his fundraising page!
Walking 3-miles is not an easy feat for many who have
Multiple Sclerosis, so I’m always unbelievable proud of Will after this event.
He fundraised almost $900 for the organization and was ready to walk more once
we were finished – though not the best conditions, I think the cooler weather
was helpful in keeping us moving. We scored a ton of free bags, tee shirts,
umbrellas and towels… plus I won $10 on a scratch ticket! It was truly a great
day for all.
I’m really glad that I’ll be moving within driving distance
of the city so I can make it to the Walk MS for the 4th time next