Registrations for the MS Walk Run + Roll are Now Open

MS Walk Run and Roll
MS Walk Run and Roll

The MS Walk Run + Roll is to be held at Inveresk Precinct, Launceston on Sunday 29th May 2022. The event is held by MS Australia and aims to raise much needed funds to support Australians living with multiple sclerosis.

MS Australia is a not-forprofit organisation that supports research and policy improvements related to multiple sclerosis. The MS Walk Run + Roll fundraising event celebrates the resilience and diversity of the
multiple sclerosis community. Participants can sign up solo, with a furry friend, or with a whole team to walk, run, or roll through the 4.5km or 9km courses and support Australians living with the condition. With a fundraising goal of $30,000 the event is a day out for everybody to support a worthwhile cause.

A lifelong auto-immune condition, multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, often progressive disease which affects the nerve cells of the central nervous system. The myelin sheath – which can be understood as electrical insulation which protects nerves – is attacked by the immune system causing scar tissue to form on the impacted nerves. These scar tissues are referred to as ‘sclerosis’.

Affecting the brain and spinal cord, MS is typified by numbness in limbs, tremors, and nerve pain that can feel like pins-and-needles or electric-shocks.

As the disease progresses it can affect vision (via the optic nerves), gait, speech, continence, mental health, and praxis. While the causes of MS are not yet fully known, is it suggested that a combination of genetics and environmental factors may be primary contributors.

People with a family history of the disease are at higher risk of developing MS, as well as people who have experienced particular infections such as Epstein-Barr. Other potential contributing factors are vitamin D deficiency, thyroid disease, type 1 diabetes, and smoking. While the onset of MS can manifest at any age, symptoms typically appear in people aged between 20 and 40 years old, with women being more than twice as likely to be affected.

While remission of symptoms is possible, many persons with MS suffer from what is referred as relapsing- remitting MS and these reprieves from pain can be short lived. Current treatments are primarily aimed at reducing nerve inflammation and mitigating symptoms but, as yet there is no known cure for MS.

Funds raised through the Walk Run + Roll event will be used to improve the quality of life for people with MS, going towards supporting MS Connect (MS Australia’s free helpline which provides information and advice and links to MS services), the MS Nurse Advisor and Social Work Advisor Services, and the MS Education and Wellbeing webinar to better understand multiple sclerosis.

The MS Walk Run + Roll Launceston will be held at Inveresk Precinct, Invermay on Sunday 29 May 2022.

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