Help free the world of multiple sclerosis

To the Editor:

I’m one of millions of people committed to bringing us closer to a world free of multiple sclerosis (MS).

Every hour of every day someone is diagnosed with MS — an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain and stops people from moving. I understand the effects of MS firsthand; I have had MS for about 14 years. I’m married, have two sons and still work full time. Some days are harder than others.

March 12 – 18 is MS Awareness Week. There are countless ways to get involved. I plan to participate in the MS walk  Sunday, May 6, in St. Cloud.

Some simple things you can do include visiting MS to learn about MS, volunteering, making a donation to MS research, pledging a walk or MS bike event participant or participating yourself.

I encourage everyone to help create a world free of MS. Whatever you do, no matter how small,  can make a big impact in the lives of people affected by the disease.

A local MS Support Group meets the first Wednesday of each month at Bethel Lutheran Church in Little Falls. For more information, call (320) 632-5679. — Laurie Ochoa, Little Falls