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OPINION: A movement to fight a dreaded disease

I live in the Perham/Dent community and I am one of millions of people who have joined the movement to end multiple sclerosis.

Every hour of every day someone is newly diagnosed with MS - an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and stops people from moving.

I understand the effects of MS; I have MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, and about two thirds are women.

The disease is more frequently found among people raised in colder climates.

The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are giving hope to those affected by the disease.

March 2 to 8 is MS Awareness Week and there are countless ways to get involved. I've joined the movement to end MS by participating in a Walk MS event, volunteering, and spreading awareness about the disease throughout our community. The WALK-MS 2009 will be held in Fergus Falls on May 3.

Our Self-Help Group is sponsoring a team from this area called the "Go-Getters". So please join the movement to create a world free of MS by participating, walking or donating.

Whatever you do, no matter how small, it can make a big impact in the lives of people with MS.

Colleen Sazama

Perham/Dent community