South Plains residents raise M.S. awareness - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/17/10

South Plains residents raise M.S. awareness

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - South Plains residents pulled out their running shoes Saturday morning to help raise money and awareness about Multiple Sclerosis. M.S. is a disease that effects the central nervous system by attacking the protective sheath around the nerves.

"It causes many different symptoms in different people from loss of sight to numbness. Some people, of course, lose their mobility, and there are many other symptoms that occur that every person you speak to that has M.S. seems to describe a different combination of those," said event organizer, Holly Lafevre.

Doctors have not found the cure or a known cause of M.S., but event organizers hope fundraisers like this one will help change that. About 200 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with the disease each week. It effects more women than men. People usually find out they have the disease between ages 20 and 50, but in Lubbock there is a child as young as 8 who has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

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