Today is World MS Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about, sharing stories, and campaigning for and with everyone affected by MS. And since it’s a cause near and dear to our hearts, we thought we’d share some ways you can get involved.
What is MS?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects roughly 2.3 million people worldwide, and women are two to three times more likely to be affected. A chronic, unpredictable disease, MS affects the central nervous system - the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms of MS include blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis, blindness and more.
Is there a cure?
Not yet. That’s why we’re dedicated to supporting MS research.
What can I do?
Luckily, it’s easy to get involved and help out! We’ve broken it down for you:
Whether you like to walk, bike, run or crawl in the mud for a good cause, fundraising is one of the easiest ways to help raise awareness and funds for MS research. Look for the following events in your city:
A charity walk to raise money for MS research. Grab a few friends, create a team, or join an existing team and start raising money!
If you enjoy a good ride, this one’s for you. This charity ride raises money for MS research.
Always wanted to do a Tough Mudder or Spartan race but not sure how to start? This is a great jumping off point, for a great cause! Participate in this charity mud-and-obstacle 5K with your BFFs or try it solo.
Challenge Walk MS
Join a community of spirit and strength at this 2-3 day, 30-50 mile event. You and your team will collectively walk the full distance, building memories that will last a lifetime.
Or, sign up for Finish MS, a program that allows driven athletes to challenge themselves physically while fundraising for MS research. The National MS Society sponsors participants in marathons all over the country, or you can choose your own endeavor!
Help others, assist at events, or become a leader in the MS movement. Click here to find out about volunteer opportunities in your area.
Advocate for Change
Let your public officials know that you want their support for MS research and initiatives that benefit those living with MS. Click here to learn more and get started.
Use the hashtag #WeAreStrongerThanMS to show support on social media. Share videos from the National MS Society’s YouTube channel, encourage participation in World MS Day, and observe National MS Awareness Week each March.
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In 2011, Beth Donaldson, mother of two and wife of a police SWAT officer, was busy with work and the day-to-day life of raising two children. But when she was diagnosed with MS at 40, she dedicated herself to making a difference. Now she and her husband Mike run Living MS and are launching a charity bike ride to benefit MS awareness and research.