Multiple Sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. It interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body. 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 more than 2.3 million worldwide.
Funds raised through events sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society support research for a cure and help address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. More than 79 cents out of every dollar raised goes directly to improve the lives of people living with MS through programs, services and research.
“I was diagnosed with MS in July of 2009. In the beginning, I experienced a lot of fear, as the effects of MS are completely different for everyone. I quickly learned that it was best to be positive, find your inner strength and to get involved. This will be my fourth year participating in Walk MS. Each dollar we raise, each step we take, brings us a little bit closer to a world free of MS!” says Becky Nap, member service representative, who is one of our Consumers Walk MS Champions.
To learn more or make a donation, please visit our team pages below!
Join us for our Consumers sponsored events to raise funds for MS
This will be Consumers’ ninth year as the Kalamazoo site sponsor. Can’t make it on May 6? Join us in Grand Rapids or Holland for these other MS events!
Walk MS: Grand Rapids
May 20, 9:00 a.m.
Starts Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center, Aquinas College
Bike MS: Great Lakes West Michigan Breakaway 2016
June 3-4, 7:00 a.m.
Hope College Dow Center