Multiple Sclerosis affects over 2.5 million people around the world and more than 100,000 people in the United States. The disease affects the central nervous system which causes the body’s immune system to attack the coating around nerve cells known as Myelin. This attack results in a disruption in the flow of information between the brain and body.
Aida Soto has been living with Multiple Sclerosis for 15 year’s spreads awareness through her story within the Clarksville, Tennessee community. Since 2011 Soto has participated in Clarksville’s annual Walk MS fundraiser event.
“The name of the team is ‘FF 4 A Cure,’ it’s ‘Family and Friends 4 A Cure.’ We started with family and friends; my sister brought her friends, and it’s growing. Continues Soto. “I’m getting the church family involved in this too, and they bring their friends. This year we won the fundraising contest week, and we have a tent. We raised a good amount of money this year. We started with $1,500, and our goal is to raise $3,000.”
The Walk MS fundraiser allows teams of friends, family, and co-workers to register in their loved one’s name who is affected by the disease. Proceeds from the event support cutting edge Multiple Sclerosis research and services to help people live with the disease.
“It’s a good event for the Clarksville community to come out and show support.” Continues Event manager Ashley Brinkley. “Walk MS is the rallying point for people who are living with MS, so it’s kind of the first place that they come and bring their families.”
If interested in creating a team for the cause or a loved one you can sign up on the Walk MS website.
Listen to Aida Soto’s inspiring story below.