Mar 6, 2007

Steps for charity: Group from LU to be in MS walk

by Dave Allison, News Reporter
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 400,000 Americans suffer from multiple sclerosis, a debilitating disease of the central nervous system.

Multiple sclerosis’ symptoms can include muscular weakness, depression, difficulties with coordination and speech, severe fatigue, visual problems, short term memory loss, problems with balance, overheating and pain. Iin the most severe cases it can impair mobility or cause disability.

In an effort to help combat, and possibly find the cure for MS, the National MS Society sponsors community walks where anybody from the community can walk to raise money for MS research.
Liberty has a team for faculty, staff and students headed up by Cynthia Guevara, a records clerk at Liberty’s registrar’s office.

“I see people who have a hard time, and there’s not a lot you can do, but when you get people together a lot of times you can make a difference,” she said.

MS has no cure, and people diagnosed with MS can suffer from MS attacks where any number of nervous system functions can go awry.

The money raised also contributes to the development of new treatments to ease the suffering of those diagnosed with MS.

The funds contribute to the development of new treatments to ease the suffering of those diagnosed with MS.

The Blue Ridge Chapter of the National MS Society will be sponsoring the walk on Satur-day, March 3 at 10 a.m. at Rivermont Park by historic downtown Lynchburg.

 Guevara also commented on why organizing events such as this are worthwhile.
“Even if it’s not a lot financially, the mental support of actually wanting to help helps people,” she said.

Guevara believes that support from a Christian institution should be easy to cultivate, but with the hustle and bustle of college life, it can be hard to get involved.

“If you’re going to walk you have to register online at www.national-mssociety.org, but if you just want to make a donation, you just make a check out to MS Society and I can deliver it to them and give you a receipt for taxes,” she said.

 “I think it’s a good thing, but it’s a good cause. If more people would step out and say, here’s a dollar or here’s five dollars, it adds up, it’s not (our goal of) $5,000, but it sure helps.”
To join the Liberty team, to make a donation, or for any information about the MS walk, contact Guevara at mcguevara@liberty.edu.

Contact Dave Allison at dallison2@liberty.edu.
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