Walk for MS
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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, rare disease in which the immune system eats away at the protective covering of nerves. Less than 200,000 Americans a year get diagnosed. Sarah Hicks, senior, was diagnosed in 2011 and has been fighting since. She is attending the MS Walk fundraising event on Saturday, May 6th at Canyon View Park. This event is a way for people with MS to get in contact with others with MS as well as some information regarding new research and such that has been done to treat MS. Thousands of dollars are raised each year and the large portion of it goes to research to find a cure.
“MS had affected me in ways I never imagined. It has taken its physical toll on me for sure. In 6th grade, I went blind in one eye, and then when that returned to normal I got double vision. I have had for 2 years now a numbness in my legs and fingers, but I have been very lucky with my relapses and recovery. MS has also taken friends. Taken people from me that I thought would always stick with me but they didn’t know how to handle things when I relapsed again. It has made going to school somewhat difficult: cognitively I struggle. Sometimes I can’t think of words or even names of people that I have been in school with for years. Sometimes, I will talk and suddenly forget all of what I was talking about. However, through all of this, my family keeps me strong. I have horses which are a great therapy for me physically and emotionally,” Hicks said.