By Tiffany Green

STAFF WRITER

Sheila Edwards of Cullman has been battling Multiple Sclerosis since March of 2006.

“It is very important for people to be aware of this (MS),” she said.

Edwards said it is important to continue to raise money for research.

“There’s no cure,” Edwards said. “It is an auto immune disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord.”

The Alabama Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society will hold its annual walk at Heritage Park on March 21, 2009. State-wide, more than 2,000 walkers are expected to come out and help raise the $325,000 goal. Funds raised will support direct services for more than 4,000 people with MS and their families in Alabama and national MS research.

People can participate in the walk as a team or individually.

Edwards said MS has affected her everyday life.

“I am weak and fatigue all the time,” she said. “I used to have a full time job and was very active.”

She said her speech, balance and even her eyes has been effected.

Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system. Every hour in the United States, someone is diagnosed with MS. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling, to blindness and paralysis.

Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with twice as many women being diagnosed. MS effects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.5 million worldwide.

“It’s real important to come out and walk and make a tax deductible donation to the MS society,” Edwards said.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. For more information visit walkMS.org, call 205-879-8881 or e-mail melissa.powell@alc.nmss.org.



‰ Tiffany Green can be reached by e-mail at tgreen@cullmantimes.com or by telephone at 734-2131, ext. 221.

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