March is MS Awareness Month

MS Awareness Month

March is MS Awareness Month

Multiple Sclerosis, also known simply as MS, is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. This disorder damages and eventually destroys the myelin, or protective covering, surrounding the nerves, causing reduced communication between the brain and nerve pathways. This in turn leads to various parts of the body—and MS can affect practically anything—not being able to work properly. Common symptoms include overwhelming fatigue, problems with vision and/or speech, difficulty with balance and coordination, and various levels of impaired mobility. Some people also experience debilitating acute pain, go completely blind, or become paralyzed.

The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation estimates that more than 400,000 people in the United States and about 2.5 million people around the world have MS. About 200 new cases are diagnosed each week in the United States.

March was proclaimed Multiple Sclerosis Awareness month in 2015 by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who encouraged both public officials and residents to organize and take part in activities and programs meant to raise awareness about the struggles of people who have this disease.

How to Celebrate Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

There are a few great ways to celebrate this month. Do you know someone who has Multiple Sclerosis? If so, this month is the perfect time to show you care about them, so give them a call or just drop by their place to see if there is anything they need help with. Being disabled often makes people feel helpless, useless, and like they don’t matter anymore. But nothing makes a person feeling lonely, scared or just plain miserable feel better than knowing they haven’t been forgotten.

Last but not least, since Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month is all about raising awareness, take some time this month to educate yourself! The National Multiple Sclerosis Society in the United States, for example, organizes different events all over the country, such as Walk MS, that you can take part in to show your support for the cause.

The Newberry Event Music and Arts Festival, A Defeat MS Fundraiser is a great way for you to enjoy great music and show your support for the movement to defeat MS. We’re all serious about ending MS, but this is also about having fun in the process. The combination of having fun and having a huge impact on people affected by MS will have a huge impact on you.  This three-day music festival has provided over $10,000 in research money to the Oregon chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from the past four events.

The  2017 Newberry Event Music and Arts Festival will be held July 21, 22 and 23 at the Diamondstone Guest Lodges in La Pine, OR.  Early Bird tickets are available now by going to the website, www.newberryevent.com.  You can also make a general donation here.

Make sure to follow our Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram for updates on which award winning and up-an-coming musical groups will be at this family friendly event.

So what are you waiting for? March is only 31 days long, and there’s so much work to be done!

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