2013 MS Walk Team ODs Roadies - Sunday, April 16 - Liberty State Park by Statue of Liberty - Help Us Help Others

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JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY - Did you know that 200+ new cases of MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS are diagnosed each week? Multiple sclerosis is an auto-immune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord affecting the central nervous system. Since 2003, Shannon O'Donnell and her amazing family has been leading awareness for Multiple Sclerosis since their amazing mother was diagnosed and battling ever since.

The 2013 MS-Walk in the Northern New Jersey area is Sunday, April 16, 2013 at Liberty State Park on the New Jersey side of the amazing Statue of Liberty.

Please support our national team, OD'S ROADIES here: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?team_id=324397&pg=team&fr_id=2...

Who are OD's Roadies?
Led by Shannon O'Donnell, family and friends, they've formed a team for the Walk MS event to help the National MS Society fund research, advocate for change, and help people with MS. We believe in this cause. Walk MS is a day that brings friends, families, and coworkers together to embrace an important cause. Join us and participate together to make a powerful statement and to keep moving toward a cure. Each step we take brings us closer to a world free of MS. Can we count on your support?

About MS

Millions of people are affected by MS and the challenges of living with its unpredictable symptoms. Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and it stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, a disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms 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 moving us closer to a world free of MS.

Join our team!

Joining our team means you support critical funds to support local programs and cutting-edge research. Your donation puts us closer to realizing our promise to STOP MS in its tracks, RESTORE lost function and END MS forever. Ending MS means no one will receive an MS diagnosis again. Every step counts. Every dollar helps. Every connection matters.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects women more than men. The disorder is most commonly diagnosed between ages 20 and 40, but can be seen at any age.

MS is caused by damage to the myelin sheath, the protective covering that surrounds nerve cells. When this nerve covering is damaged, nerve signals slow down or stop.

The nerve damage is caused by inflammation. Inflammation occurs when the body's own immune cells attack the nervous system. This can occur along any area of the brain, optic nerve, and spinal cord.

It is unknown what exactly causes this to happen. The most common thought is that a virus or gene defect, or both, are to blame. Environmental factors may play a role.

You are slightly more likely to get this condition if you have a family history of MS or live in an part of the world where MS is more common.

Symptoms vary, because the location and severity of each attack can be different. Episodes can last for days, weeks, or months. These episodes alternate with periods of reduced or no symptoms (remissions).

Fever, hot baths, sun exposure, and stress can trigger or worsen attacks.

It is common for the disease to return (relapse). However, the disease may continue to get worse without periods of remission.

Because nerves in any part of the brain or spinal cord may be damaged, patients with multiple sclerosis can have symptoms in many parts of the body.

On Sunday, April 16th in JERSEY CITY, NJ, we walk for our friends, family and everyone else who suffers with MS every day.