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Running Down MS

January 24, 2012

There’s the old story of how things don’t impact your life until it happens to yourself or to someone you know. A few days ago, a dear friend of mine–someone who I have known since third grade–sent me an email announcing his participation in an upcoming marathon to raise money for finding a cure to multiple sclerosis (MS). I learned his wife was diagnosed with MS last year, but fortunately she is doing as well as can be.

I don’t know much about this esoteric disease, so I did a web search to read more about MS. According to the United States’s Center for Biotechnology Information, multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. An autoimmune disease is one in which “the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue.”

The good news is there’s not a high mortality rate with MS, but the bad news is one must worry about MS increasing the risk of other diseases such as heart disease, cancer and stroke. As of right now, there is no known cure for MS, but there is therapy to help mitigate the symptoms.

My thoughts go out to my friend’s wife and her family. There is not much I can do other than offer my support, both financially and with my blog. If you would like to donate to my friend’s worthy run, please click here. Whether it’s one dollar or five dollars, every bit of money raised will go to help find a cure to this disease.

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