Thursday, January 15, 2015

Making a Difference - Eradicate MS


I try to host a health related post each week in The Locker. I like to share my experiences in the hopes of helping someone else. I've decided to make a little turn and have a guest host for the next few weeks.

My friend Brian is a beast. He cycles more miles in a year than I probably drive in my car. He has a passion for health, and shares an equal passion to eradicate MS. Please be kind to Brian and give him a warm welcome.

Hugs-

My name is Brian Jones. I am an avid cyclist riding to rid the world of Multiple Sclerosis.

As we embark on a new year, I want to share some highlights of the South Central US chapter of the National MS Society:

  • 9 Bike MS events raised approximately $24.7 million.
  • 32 Walk MS events raised approximately $3.2 million.
  • 11 leadership events raised approximately $840k.
  • Their network of human service professionals is connecting people affected by MS to solutions that address the challenges and obstacles in their lives.
    • Service management professionals worked with more than 2000 individuals to help find solutions to the daily challenges of living with MS, and 382 individuals were assisted with critical needs such a medical equipment and home modifications through our direct financial assistance program
    • Professional care management specialists conducted 80 home assessments for people with MS who are experiencing the most complex and critical issues.
    • They connected with 709 newly diagnosed individuals to provide them with the best available information at the beginning of their MS journey.

They are connecting people with MS to resources on nutrition, exercise and wellness.

They partnered with community organizations and individual instructors to support 36 community wellness classes including yoga, aquatics, and assisted physical training. About 446 individuals attended these classes in 2014.

They partnered with Dr. Alexa Stuifbergen, professor and Dean at the University of Texas School of Nursing, to launch a new three year NIH-funded research trial on cognition. This work will result in the development of strategies to help people with MS compensate for memory loss.

All this was made possible by the generosity of so many. If you made a donation in 2014, all I can say is “Thank You and God Bless You”.
You are helping to make a difference for those who live with MS. Please help the MS Society keep the momentum going in 2015 by supportingme in my 10th BikeMS by visiting my page at
http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/Brian2015
to make a donation. Thank you and Happy New Year.

Please support my effort to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/Brian2015

 

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