Sarah Reynolds, of Frederick, has been named Frederick’s ambassador for the Walk MS fundraiser for multiple sclerosis on April 14.
Reynolds’ mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) — a debilitating autoimmune disease of the central nervous system — more than 20 years ago, according to a news release.
Since 1990, Reynolds has been the motivator, organizer and team captain of Frederick Walk MS Team Della. Each year she asks family and friends to raise money to support the National MS Society and encouraging more people to participate.
At the walk, she will share her story with about 700 walk participants. Walk MS in Frederick takes place at 9 a.m. on April 14 at Harry Grove Stadium, 21 Stadium Drive Frederick. To register, visit www.walkmsmaryland.org or call 1-800-FIGHT-MS.
Symptoms of the disease range from reduced or lost mobility to numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted. Most 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. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.1 million worldwide.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding research, advocacy, professional education, collaboration with MS organizations and programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families. To learn more about multiple sclerosis and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society visit www.nationalMSsociety.org.