Yes, I know. It seems like every disease has a fund-raising walk or run. But some of those fund-raisers are more bittersweet than others, and a walk for multiple sclerosis is one of those. MS affects your nervous system, degrading the neurons so that any task requiring muscular coordination is all but impossible
. Moreover, it most commonly affects the young, with almost twice the number of women as men affected by the disease.
In that way, a fund-raising walk, like the 2009 Walk MS Portland
, is a middle finger from the victims, to a disease that would like to render them disfigured or crippled. Yes, MS is bad, but it's not the sum total of your identity. A press release from from the Oregon chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to WW
gave "another side of the story:
“I'm so tired of MS being so negative,” says Sandy [WHO HAS MS]. “Oprah recently did a segment with Montel Williams on MS, and everything he said was true, about the spasms and pain, but every case of MS is so different. I had a ton of people calling me after that, telling me how sorry and unaware they were of the pain I was going through—but that's not my life.”
The 2009 Walk MS Portland will be held on Saturday, April 4
, starting at Pioneer Courthouse Square (715 SW Morrison St). Registration opens at 8 am for the 10 am. While registration to walk is free, prize levels start with a minimum donation of $75. For more information, see www.walkMSoregon.com or call 800-344-4867.
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