Take Action: Getting Involved in the Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis Community By Donnie, Father, Husband, Project Leader, Former Athlete • September 26, 2018
World MS Day typically falls in May. So why am I talking about it now? Well, MS is in my world every day. So I feel it’s important to spread awareness all year long. Awareness events and activities allow those who are affected by MS to come together. They are an opportunity to meet other individuals who live with this disease, to build relationships, and for families to swap stories and talk about their own unique experiences. Most importantly they’re an opportunity to shine a light on this disease and its impact.
MS awareness is not a new thing for my family and me. My wife and I participated in our first MS walk way back in 2001 with both of our daughters—one in a stroller and one walking. Since that time, we have tried to attend as many of these walks as possible. In our town, there is a walk that is organized by the National MS Society. You can find the information about events near you at the National MS Society website.
While the walks are probably the most well-known events, there are all kinds of ways to get the word out about multiple sclerosis. Over the last couple of years, the company that I work for has sponsored a team in Bike MS. Last year the team was able to raise more than $1,000 dollars. While I did not participate in the ride, I was able to raise a significant amount from my coworkers at the site where I work. It really meant a lot to me that they were so supportive and involved.
Over the years I have acquired a small collection of MS event paraphernalia. Shirts, hats, bracelets, bumper stickers, you name it. I have even contemplated getting an MS-themed tattoo, but I haven’t pulled the trigger yet. I have multiple tattoos already, but at my age I don’t know if I need another one.
Regardless of the way you choose to support the MS community, every little bit helps. I would encourage everyone to get out and participate. The actions you take could lift the spirits of those living with MS, you may meet some really great people, and, who knows, some of the funds you help raise might lead to a research breakthrough!
Let me know, how do you spread MS awareness?
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