Join the Movement to End MS

Do you know someone with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?
It’s highly possible, because every hour of every day, someone is diagnosed with the disease.  

And, if you do, then you know what a debilitating disease it is.

MS – What is it?

Multiple Sclerosis, MS, is an unpredictable and often disabling disease of the central nervous system. It interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects 15,000 people in the Carolinas, more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and over 2.1 million worldwide.

My MS Connection

Riding in Bike MS

I have a close personal connection to MS.  My mother-in-law has MS, and I am a Trustee of the Greater Carolina’s Chapter of the National MS Society. Through my service on the board, I have met so many amazingly strong and resilient individuals and families who persevere and advocate for a cure.  They fundraise through the WalkMS and BikeMS (one of my favorites!); they advocate on behalf of themselves and families impacted, and most importantly, they CONNECT.  For my family, my mother-in-law is lucky, her symptoms are not keeping her from being active – but that is not the case for so many folks out there.

MS Awareness Week

Next week (March 12-18) is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week, and tonight I am honored to present the Town of Cary Proclamation for MS Awareness week to the local chapter of the National MS Society, and an active Cary resident.  I hope that you will take a moment this week to reach out to someone you know that is involved or impacted; perhaps donate to a Walk or Bike Ride, learn more about the disease, or just connect.


Me, Lauren Hoffman & Jen Gawler








Featured photo by: John

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