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Raise Awareness and Raise Funds to Fight Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis or commonly known as MS is an autoimmune inflammatory condition, which affects the spinal cord and brain. Over two hundred cases get diagnosed each week and it is thought that approximately 2.5 million people are living with this condition in the World.
There are four main types of MS although Relapsing-Remitting MS (RRMS) is the most common and occurs when the disease goes into remission after temporarily becoming active. The Secondary-Progressive MS (SPMS) occurs as symptoms start to become worse over time and the least common of the four is called Primary-Progressive MS (PPMS) happening when the symptoms slowly become chronic. The final stage is Progressive-Relapsing (PRMS), which is rare occurring when the disease consistently remains active with no remission.
Although the disease has long been known to have no cure, some doctors hope a cure is close to being found after Italian Dr Paolo Zambondi achieved a 73% success rate on a number of his patients by removing a blockage in veins that were giving too much iron to the brain. Dr Zambondi's wife was diagnosed with the disease and had begun a downward spiral. However, a complete cure for all types of multiple sclerosis is still a long way off.
On Sunday 28th October 2018 at the Jindalee Pool, a fundraising event to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis is being held. The MS Swimathon Event consists of a team of at least six people who are sponsored by their family, friends and work colleagues to swim in a 12-hour relay. You do not need to be a competitive swimmer to take part and you can swim any style and distance that suits you.
Don't wait, dive in and sign up on the MS Swimathon website. It is hoped to raise over $210,000 to fight MS. Similar events are being held across the State.
If you cannot swim on the day, yet would still like to be part of this great cause, you can donate also through the MS Swimathon website. More information can be sourced by telephoning the office 07 3840 0812 or emailing Rebecca on Rebecca.Graham@msqld.org.au
The Jindalee Pool is situated at 11 Yallambee Road, Jindalee.