Broadcasters take strides to fight MS
From left, Jessica McDaniels, Big Bob, Ginger Bob, Blake Truman, Katy Dickinson and Crazy Bob display the check for $17,230 raised by the VerStandig Broadcasting teams that participated in the 2011 Walk MS, held April 16 at Antietam National Battlefield. (Submitted photo)
Bob Rocks had more than 100 walkers on its team and raised $11,766.41. WAYZ’s Hayride Hikers had more than 30 walkers who raised a total of $5,461.49.
The National MS Society, Maryland Chapter, raises funds to support MS research that will further treatment and be used to help find a cure. In addition, the chapter provides programs and services to more than 6,500 people living with MS throughout the state, and advocates on priority issues on behalf of the MS community.
The Maryland chapter also provides funding in support of clinical services to the John Hopkins MS Center and to the University of Maryland Center for MS.
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body, and it can stop people from moving, according to the National MS Society.
Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease, according to the National MS Society. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the United States and 2.5 million worldwide.
For more information, go to www.nationalmssociety.org or call 800-FIGHT-MS (344-4867).