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Help fund research into MS prevention, treatment, and cure
What better way to spend a Sunday morning than taking a walk or run along the magnificent Sydney Harbour foreshore. To make it even better, every step could be raising money for research to help young Australians with multiple sclerosis (MS).
What is multiple sclerosis? MS is a chronic degenerative disease that attacks the central nervous system (the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves). It has an early onset, with most cases diagnosed in their 20s and 30s. Most are women. Watch this video.
All nerve fibres are encased in a protective myelin sheath that acts as a super-conductor highway for nerve impulses from the brain to the rest of the body. In MS, the natural ongoing replacement of these specialist cells is somehow interrupted, resulting in permanent damage to all affected neural pathways. The damage is progressive, and the effects become worse over time.
No known trigger or cause has been identified. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS cannot be predicted. Australian researchers are working hard to find a cause and a cure.
MS can feel like the 'invisible disease' as people living with the disease become adept at disguising them from others. They can also strike without warning. One day they can alter your memory, the next your vision. It is only when you stumble or slur that others may notice. Comedian Tim Ferguson has been living with MS for 20 years, and bravely shares his experiences. 'You can laugh, or you can cry. Laughing takes fewer tissues' (Tim Ferguson).