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Why I Walk For MS

On Sunday, May 6th…thousands of Minnesotan’s will take to the streets and trails to walk for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. And I’m one of them. Only…my reason is different than most. Those who know me probably know my fiancee Kym. In the fall of 2008, we took a trip back to my childhood home in Maine. On the way, Kym began to experience numbing sensations and tingling. While worrisome, it didn’t seem to hamper her movements or activities. When we got back home to Cold Spring, it hadn’t gotten any better so she went to her doctor for a checkup. After running a few tests, the doctor suggested having an MRI as her symptoms could be the result of MS. So we went to a specialist in the Twin Cities where Kym underwent the procedure…and sure enough, was diagnosed with the earliest of stages for MS known as Relapsing-Remitting.

Not knowing much about the disease, she jumped in with both feet to better understand what she, and ulitmately we would be dealing with. She attended conferences including the National MS Society convention, visited with doctors, and began treatment with daily shots that help subdue the symptoms. Now, almost four years later, you wouldn’t know by looking at Kym that she has MS. And there’s a good chance that the disease will never progress past the early stages.

There is currently no cure for MS. While the medications do help minimize the symptoms, it would be outstanding for those doing the research to find a cure and put this disease in our rearview mirror. Kym, with the help of her Walk Team Captains, do a tremendous job recruiting walkers and people to donate to fund that research. This year, her Willmar team is the fourth largest among teams in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa! If you would like to donate to the team, please click here to help. 98 Country will also be at the St. Cloud Walk MS, so look for the Hummer and our crew.  If you would like to join or form a team in your community, please click here to find your nearest walk.  For Kym and all those who live with MS on a daily basis, thank you!

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