As part of our ongoing campaign, MS Bike is one of those fundraising opportunities that is very important to us and so we wanted to take a moment to discuss MS; what it is, how it impacts, and how you can join with us and help!
For starters, Canada has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world, with an estimated 100,000 Canadians living with the disease. And, what it is most often diagnosed in young adults aged 15-40, younger children and older adults are also diagnosed with the disease.
MS is currently classified as an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord). The disease attacks myelin, the protective covering of the nerves, causing inflammation and often damaging the myelin. Myelin is necessary for the transmission of nerve impulses through nerve fibres. If damage to myelin is slight, nerve impulses travel with minor interruptions; however, if damage is substantial and if scar tissue replaces the myelin, nerve impulses may be completely disrupted, and the nerve fibres themselves can be damaged.
MS is unpredictable and can cause symptoms such as extreme fatigue, lack of coordination, weakness, tingling, impaired sensation, vision problems, bladder problems, cognitive impairment and mood changes. Its effects can be physical, emotional and financial. Currently there is no cure, but each day researchers are learning more about what causes MS and are zeroing in on ways to prevent it.
How can you help?
Please join with us by visiting https://urbanskydevelopments.leadpages.co/urbanskydevelopments1/. It is through our site that we will match your donations, no strings attached!
In doing so, MS Society will be able to provide support and services to people who are:
*Living with a diagnosis of MS or an MS allied disease
*Waiting for a diagnosis with respect to MS or an MS allied disease
*Close to a person with MS or an MS allied disease, such as family and friends
*Caregivers to a person with MS or an allied MS disease
*Healthcare professionals, employers, institutions and students
To learn more about MS, please visit: https://mssociety.ca/
To learn more about Urban Sky Developments, please visit: https://urbanskydevelopments.com
*Some of the information contained within this blog was sourced from https://mssociety.ca/