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The Multiple Sclerosis Walk for this year is on April 16 in Kapa‘a, states a proclamation announcing MS Awareness Week.
The annual walk is a fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as well as an event to raise MS awareness with the goal of achieving a world free from MS.
More than 5,600 people in Hawai‘i are affected by MS with more than 400,000 people in the United States living with the disease, which is unpredictable in terms of its development.
In addition to those afflicted with MS, their families, friends, care partners, employers and health care providers are also affected.
MS is often a disabling disease of the central nervous system and interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body, states the proclamation.
Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any single individual cannot be predicted.
Most of the people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50 with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease.
Visit www.nationalmssociety.org for more information about MS.
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