Supporting Walk MS: Running for Roni

Team Captain Heather with poster

Team Captain, Heather at Walk MS 2011

My niece, Veronica (Roni), lived with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for over 20 years before passing away on September 3, 2010. Veronica had a vivacious spirit and vibrant smile even as she spent her final years with severe limited mobility, lovingly cared for by her husband and daughter at home.

Running for Roni Team

"Running for Roni" Team 2011

Walk MS

Veronica’s daughter, Heather, has headed up a Walk MS team in Joliet, Illinois in her mom’s honor for many years and will once again lead “Running for Roni” in her memory on Sunday, May 6, 2012. I’ll be joining Heather and thousands of others across America walking to create a world free of Multiple Sclerosis.

The cause of MS is still not known and there is not a cure.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an often debilitating disease that attacks the central nervous system, interrupting the flow of information between the brain and the body. Symptoms vary from one person to another and range from mild numbness to severe paralysis or vision loss. It affects 400,000 people in the United States, and every hour someone is newly diagnosed.

There is hope.

Advances are being made in research and new treatments are being developed that give hope to people affected by MS. The money raised for Walk MS funds research and provides educational programs and services to help those living with MS and their families.

How you can help.

I encourage you to learn more about Multiple Sclerosis and what you can do to make a difference by visiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s website.

Thank you!

Running for Roni team members

Eager Running for Roni Teammates

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28 thoughts on “Supporting Walk MS: Running for Roni

  1. Leigh

    Participating in great causes feels good on so many levels. I have done MS bike rides in the past and not only do I enjoy helping out a good cause, I have always been impressed with how well they organize the MS events.

    1. Cathy Post author

      That’s great that you’ve done the bike rides. The Nat’l MS Society really does do a great job organizing these events. I’ve done the walks in other locations, too, and they’ve all been successes.

    1. Cathy Post author

      It’s a very upbeat, happy day. Everyone feels like they’re doing something positive to help the cause and honor Roni.

    1. Cathy Post author

      Good for you doing the stroke run. I think we all want to know that we’re doing something positive that can help to make a difference.

  2. Angela

    This is a very good cause, Cathy, unfortunately I know quite a few people with Multiple Sclerosis, some doing ok considering their condition, some doing not well. It’s very sad to see them getting worse, I’m very sorry about your niece.

    1. Cathy Post author

      Thanks, Angela. It is sad to watch the disease get hold of friends and loved ones, but there is so much hope for the future with research for treatments and finding a cure. I wish the best for the people you know who are living with this disease.

    1. Cathy Post author

      Thanks, Debbie. The walk is a great opportunity for those living with MS and their friends and families to get out there and show support. It’s a very uplifting event. The MS Society is doing great work to fund research to find a cure. I wish the best for your friend’s daughter-in-law.

    1. Cathy Post author

      Thank you for your inspiring comment. The love and support of family and friends is so important to those living with MS. All the best to them — there is hope!

  3. Jan Ross

    Strange how you never think about some of these diseases until they affect you personally. My younger brother was diagnosed a couple years ago and I noticed the other day that he is now walking with a slight limp. He’s only in his early 50’s. It breaks my heart.

    1. Cathy Post author

      Jan, thanks for your comment. I’m sorry to hear that your family has been touched by MS, too. But there is so much hope for those dealing with this disease thanks to developments in research and treatments. I wish the best for your brother and hope for a cure to be found very soon.

  4. Jenna Alberts

    That was really a great cause that you and your family held. I particularly like participating in awareness campaigns like those and trust me the feeling is good when you know that you are helping somebody out there. It helps a great deal for one to get informed in many areas too.

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