April 3, 2007

Race for a CURE!

Family and Friends - This post is for my dear mother, Nila - please read below...

Why We Fight MS

It's very easy to go through life thinking bad things will never happen to us or especially to those we love. My Dad's recent heart attack and failure is proof of that! But, seventeen years ago at age 37, my dear Mom started showing signs of severe fatigue and pain. Her symptoms grew worse and worse, and a diagnosis remained sketchy at best. One sad morning, several years later, a stroke put her in the hospital and finally a diagnosis was found - she had Multiple Sclerosis. They found several lesions on her brain, indicating she had had the disease for several years. Today my Mom struggles with many deteriorating symptoms including trouble standing and sitting, difficulty walking, swallowing, memory function, and overall pain. She is 53 years old.

Having multiple sclerosis means that you may not be able to walk when you wake up. Or that you may suddenly have impaired vision. Or that your memory will fail you for no apparent reason. The symptoms of MS are different, and devastating, for everyone - the only certainty is that it will affect yet another person every hour of every day.

Why I Walk

I've registered for the MS Walk For A Cure on April 29th, 2007 because I want to do something for those, like my Mom, who have been diagnosed - and because I want to do everything to prevent more people from learning what it means to live with this disease. Today, there is no cure for multiple sclerosis, and with a diagnosis occurring most frequently between the ages of 20 and 50, many individuals face a lifetime filled with unpredictability.

Why You Should Sponsor Me

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will use funds collected from the MS Walk to not only support research for a cure tomorrow, but also to provide programs which address the needs of people living with MS today. Because we choose to walk for those who sometimes can't, because we choose to donate to the MS Walk, we are getting closer to the hour when no one will have to hear the words, "You have MS." Having been through this as a family, I assure you - you never want to hear that said.

That's why I'm asking you to support my fund raising efforts with a tax-deductible donation. Even $5.00 will help! No amount is too small!

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is dedicated to ending the devastating effects of MS but they can't do it without our help. It's faster and easier than ever to support this cause that's so important to me and my family. Simply click on the link at the bottom of this message.

Any amount, great or small, helps to make a difference in the lives of people with MS - people just like my wonderful Mother, who didn't deserve to be stricken with such a debilitating disease. I appreciate your support and look forward to letting you know how I do.

Mom, this is for you ~ I love you!

Thanks to all of you for supporting those like my mom whose lives have been changed by this disease.

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P.S. If you would like more information about the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, how proceeds from the MS Walk are used, or the other ways you can get involved in the fight against MS, please visit nationalmssociety.org.

In addition to the MS Walk - I am currently involved in two other walks as well - please take a moment to review the following web pages and consider supporting their causes. It only takes a second for your own family to be changed forever. Perhaps one of these issues:

Breast Cancer

Pre-Mature Birth

Multiple Sclerosis

...have affected your family or friends. If so, won't you consider supporting the research and treatment of these dreadful circumstances by donating even $5 to the cause of your choice? You will not believe the difference it will make in the lives of those struggling daily with it!

The March of Dimes~ Walk America
Helping to Save Babies born prematurely

I'm walking April 21, 2007 for Jamie and her son Parker who was born at 26 weeks gestation, and is now a healthy three year old thanks to research and medicine!


Susan G. Komen Texas Race for a Cure
Helping to save lives and fight Breast Cancer

I'm walking June 2, 2007 for Erin and her mom, Barbara - who was diagnosed with breast cancer, but beat it and is now a survivor thanks to research and medicine!

Barbara's Bosom Buddies

Thanks for listening and I am grateful for your support!


1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Good for you Christie, you are doing a really great thing.
I send money every year (since your mom was diagnosed)to the Natinal MS Society, I send to the Susan G Komen organization yearly, Mark's stepmom is a breast cancer survivor. She had her breast removed because she has Lupis and could not do chemo, but is doing great now!
I also send money to the Helen Keller organization for the blind, and sent a $100 donation last year in Dustin's name.
I firmly believe that we can make a difference in our own lifetime. Every generation gets us closer to answers and cures. Keep up the good work. I also did a walk for The March of Dimes fund raiser in Walnut Creek. It was great and made me feel like I was doing my small part at contributing.
I commend you and support you as well. Love always