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Walking 500 miles to Finish MS
Walking 500 miles to Finish MS

Camino 2019

Our Goal - a world free of MS
In the Spring of 2019, we are walking the 500-mile Camino de Santiago from St. Jean Pied De Port, France, to Santiago, Spain. We are engaging in this fundraising activity to help change the lives of people affected by MS and fuel progress towards a world free of MS. You can help today by donating to our fundraising activity.  For every donation I will wear a stone bead in your honor and place it at the Cruz de Ferro.  For donation of $35 or more I will mail a box of Ms Awareness rocks to you.

Early in 2010, I began experiencing blurred vision, dizziness, and numbness in my left hand and left leg. These symptoms aggressively worsened, and that Summer I was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis. I was 36 years old, a mother of two small children, and an anesthesiologist. MS rapidly impacted my ability to function, my independence, and the normalcy of our lives. By that Christmas I was unable to walk without the use of a cane or a walker.

In October of 2012, after two years of strenuous rehabilitation and aided by newly available MS medications, I could once again walk unassisted. Around this time, I heard of the MS Challenge Walk. This is a 3-day, 50-mile walk for the purpose of increasing MS awareness and raising money for MS research. I was drawn to participate in the Challenge Walk for numerous reasons, one of which was to assess my ability to walk the Camino de Santiago, which has been a long-time goal of mine.

I have been volunteering for the National MS Society since my aunt was diagnosed with MS in 1983. Through the years I have witnessed the resilience and faith of people living with MS as they face an uncertain future; and I
share in their hope of a cure for MS.

I met Nichole at the end of the first day of the 2013 MS Challenge Walk. She had just completed 22 miles, and went on to complete all 50 miles. At the time, I did not know she had been walking without a cane for only four months. Since then, I have seen her struggle with relapses and overcome each one determined to remain active for herself and her children.

Nichole has completed six Challenge Walks, and is ready for this much bigger challenge. We have talked about her walking the Camino, and as she began planning, I asked if I could join her. With the uncertainty of relapses occurring at any moment, we have decided now is the time. As friends united by a common cause, we will travel together along the same path that others have walked for over a thousand years. Each step of the 500 miles will bring us closer to our goal of a world free of MS.

You can help us make a difference
We’ve set a goal to raise $50,000, and we know that with your support we can get there. The money raised will help fund amazing progress in MS research, as well as programs and services that ensure people affected by MS can live their best lives. Please consider a donation today and help us Finish MS.

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About MS

When you make a donation, you are changing the world for people affected by MS. Symptoms of MS range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and 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, and there is not yet a cure. Every dollar raised matters to those affected by MS. Thank you for your support.

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Progress: 45.9173%

Goal $50,000.00 Achieved $22,958.66

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