Walk MS event coming to Salem

April 24, 2021

In March, those who live with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and advocates all across the country reached out in Advocacy and Awareness, as March was National MS Awareness month. This month, most states are hosting WALK MS. However, this year Walk MS looks a little bit different. Instead of huge walks all across the United States, smaller events are being held all across the country. In fact, the theme of this year’s WALK MS is “Do it Your Own Way.”

DeAnna Clark and her team, MS and One Tiny Seed, will be hosting a Walk MS Event on April 24 at First Christian Church in Salem, Illinois. The walk will begin at 11:30 a.m. with registration at 11:00 a.m. Clark was diagnosed with MS in 2016. Note: If it is raining, the walk will be held in the First Christian Church Gym.

There are many ways that you can help with this event.

1. Join the MS and One Tiny Seed Team on April 24 to walk and raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis, wearing orange and green.

2. Line Boone Street and support those walking — cheering the team on.

3. Make a donation to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in honor of the MS and One Tiny Seed Team.

4. Come by the event and enter to win several baskets being raffled off.

5. Farmhouse Bakery will be located in the gym. Come by and purchase lunch, as part of their proceeds will be going to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

6. Join the team after the walk as they worship and fellowship together.
All money raised on April 24 will be donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The society uses the money donated for research and to also help MS Patients and their families. For example, the NMSS is purchasing a cooling vest for Clark, as her MS symptoms worsen in the summertime. They are also working with her on modifications for her bathroom and other accommodations.

The word Multiple (many) Sclerosis (scars) in literal terms means “Many Scars” — so yes, someone with MS has many scars. These scars can’t be seen on the outside; they can only be seen by looking at MRI results. The words are used, because MS has the potential to affect three areas: the brain, upper spine, and lower spine. So, potentially three MRIs are completed to check for lesions to confirm an MS diagnosis. MS affects everyone differently, depending on where these lesions are found.

Mayo Clinic explain MS the following way: “Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system).

“In MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body. Eventually, the disease can cause permanent damage or deterioration of the nerves.

“Signs and symptoms of MS vary widely and depend on the amount of nerve damage and which nerves are affected. Some people with severe MS may lose the ability to walk independently or at all, while others may experience long periods of remission without any new symptoms.

There’s no cure for multiple sclerosis. However, treatments can help speed recovery from attacks, modify the course of the disease and manage symptoms.”

Pictured above: Deanna Clark

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