What is it?
Well, Multiple Sclerosis (or MS for short) affects over 2.1 million people worldwide. Here’s what the MS Society say about it:
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system. In MS, the coating around nerve fibres (called myelin) is damaged, causing a range of symptoms. Around 100,000 people in the UK have MS. It’s normally diagnosed in people between the ages of 20 and 40, and affects almost three times as many women as men. Once diagnosed, MS stays with you for life, but treatments and specialists can help you to manage the symptoms. We don’t know the cause and we haven’t yet found a cure, but research is progressing fast.
What is the MS Society doing?
At the moment there is a #Challenge60 (in-case you want to track it on Twitter) campaign – where in 60 days they want to raise £250,000 to fund vital MS research. They are asking for volunteers to fund-raise to help reach their goal, and also wonderful human beings to donate/sponsor the people doing fundraising. (At least I’ve mentioned a marketing campaign somewhere in here – now this links to my blog name 😉 )
Why does it affect me?
My Dad was diagnosed with MS over 10 years ago now, and as a family we deal with the consequences of the illness. It’s an evil illness – but it takes strong people to deal with it, I admire and respect them all. As a result of this I like to keep an eye on the MS Society and do whatever I can to help, they do an amazing job and I know this very well.
What am I doing?
I am taking part in the Great Manchester Cycle on the 30th June, where I will be cycling a marathon through the center of Manchester. I am trying to raise as much as possible and help the MS Society reach their target. For any one who would like to sponsor me, any amount would be hugely appreciated and it’s going towards a great cause.
www.justgiving.com/jomcgrann – Here’s my page explaining what I am doing and where people can donate. The money goes directly to the MS Society. Even a pound would be hugely appreciated.
Thank you all for reading and spread the word of Challenge 60!