3/1/2013 6:00:00 AM Several multiple sclerosis fundraisers lined up for March
Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa Miner Staff Reporter
KINGMAN - March is multiple sclerosis awareness month and Kingman resident Pati Green is on a mission to bring more attention to the disease.
Green is a member of the Kingman Multiple Sclerosis Support group. She was diagnosed with the disease nearly 20 years ago after she woke up blind one morning.
She's already lined up two fundraisers this month. The first one is March 11 at Chili's on Stockton Hill Road. The restaurant will donate 10 percent of its sales between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. to the National MS Society's Arizona Chapter.
Approximately 95 percent of the funds raised by the National MS Society are used to assist local support groups such as the one that meets in Kingman Regional Medical Center. The group meets from 3 to 5 p.m. every third Saturday in the Cholla Room at KRMC, 3629 Stockton Hill Road, and from 5:30 to 7 p.m. every second Tuesday in the Ocotillo Room.
Cerbat Lanes is also helping out with a fundraiser on March 24.
Green is also contacting local businesses in an effort to raise more funds through the National MS Society's MS Feet program. Businesses sell paper footprints to customers for a $1.
Green plans to continue her MS awareness campaign well beyond March with a picnic in Centennial Park in April and a swim at KRMC's Del E. Webb Wellness Center in May.
She's also seeking volunteers to help her set up Kingman's first MS walk in November.
Multiple sclerosis is a disease that tricks the body's immune system into attacking the central nervous system, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, an estimated 250,000 to 350,000 people in the U.S. have MS and approximately 45,500 people in Arizona have it.
The exact number of people who have the disease is unknown because the disease is so difficult to diagnose. It took months of poking, prodding, scans and other tests before doctors were finally able to diagnose Green
Women are twice as likely to have the disease as men and it is more prevalent in cold weather areas than in warmer weather areas.
Doctors don't know what causes the disease and there is no cure.
The symptoms of the disease include changes in vision, fatigue, numbness, problems with balance, problems with walking, tremors, emotional changes and problems thinking clearly. Every person with multiple sclerosis has a different experience, Green said. Some people only experience one symptom, some have multiple symptoms and others, like Green, have symptoms that come and go and change over time.
For more information on the Kingman MS support group or to volunteer, call Green at (298) 530-7982 or visit www.facebook.com/groups/kingmanmssupportgroup. For more information on MS, call (800) Fight-MS or visit www.nationalmssociety.org.
Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013
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Just to clarify.......in order to donate 10% of your total check to the NMSS Arizona Chapter at Chili's 'Give Back' night, you must present the Chili's coupon. A printable copy is available on our Facebook page or by contacting me at (928) 530-7982 or Ralph Scarabino at (928) 897-3801.