Well, next month it happens: The MS Walk in Reston, VA on April 10, 2011. I noted before why I signed up for the walk this year. It’s personal this time. All 3.7 miles of it.
Since I registered, I haven’t heard much about the MS Walk (or “Walk MS,” as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society terms it) on local radio and TV outlets. What I do hear, however, are ads — ad nauseum, it seems — for the Susan G. Komen 3-day walk. It seems like that cause is sucking all of the oxygen out of the fund-raising arena.
It’s not that I have anything against the breast cancer cause or the pink-clad marchers. It’s just that they are everywhere: everywhere you turn, every station you listen to, every billboard, everything! It’s a very well funded organization, and it does a great deal of good. The case can be made that more women (and men) will be touched by breast cancer than multiple sclerosis [MS]; but that doesn’t mean we — or at least I — shouldn’t pay attention to the latter disease.
Sure, there have been treatments for the symptoms of MS (spacticity, fatigue) for quite some time. And in 1994 I was fortunate to begin taking a disease-modifying drug that has likely altered the progression of this disease for me. So far. But there is still no cure.
So I’m walking. Not with a pink ribbon, but with the hope that I don’t trip and fall on the course. And with the hope that soon we may find a cure.
I told myself that I wouldn’t spam my Twitter Followers and Facebook Friends with pleas to sponsor my walk with a financial contribution so that I can make my fundraising goal.
Yes, I am short of my goal. And this is a call for help. But I promise you, I will not send many of these pleas. At least not until much, much later and only if I am way, way below my goal. (Oh yes; and maybe during MS Awareness Week. 😉 )
So, you see, you can keep my “dunning notices” to a minimum by contributing now. And the way to do that is to visit my MS Walk Page & clicking “Contribute to Michele” — it’s tax deductible! — at the top of the thermometer.
Help make this a world free of MS.
(You can also register to walk and join me at Reston Town Center.)