Multiple Sclerosis Awareness
Paving the Road Towards a Better Future
The goals of this campaign are to raise awareness, help promote an understanding of this disease, and donate a cumulative amount at the end of the 2021 season. Inspired by a great person and fellow rallier who was diagnosed in 2019, we hope to raise $1/mile driven for the length of this epic season ahead of us. We encourage everyone’s support to help the families and individuals affected by MS. Anyone can donate and participation is not required to make donations. 100% of donations received will go directly to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.
The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, known in the MS community as MS Focus, is a nonprofit organization focused on providing free services that address the critical needs of people with MS and their families, helping them maintain the best quality of life.
The symptoms of MS are unpredictable and may increase in severity over time. This presents physical, emotional, and financial challenges families must face. MS Focus is here to provide the support, education, and assistance needed to adapt to these challenging circumstances. Our primary focus is on providing individuals with MS the help they need to maintain their health and well-being, to continue to be productive and independent, and to keep a roof over their heads and a safe environment in their home. We do so with empathy, resourcefulness, and conscientious care.
MS is a chronic neurological condition that affects the central nervous system, which is comprised of the brain and spinal cord. In the CNS, nerve fibers (called axons) are protected by a fatty layer of insulation called myelin. Myelin allows nerve signals to travel properly.
In MS, overactive immune cells cause inflammation, which damages the myelin. This results in a loss of myelin – called demyelination – and some degree of axonal damage. Wherever the myelin is destroyed, a damaged area of white matter known as a lesion (or plaque) will occur. Over time, hardened scar tissue develops at the lesion site. This hardened scar tissue, or sclerosis, may develop at multiple sites throughout the CNS, hence the name multiple sclerosis. This scarring disrupts the transmission of nerve signals that communicate a desired action from the brain, through the spinal cord, to various parts of the body.
Vince has been a car enthusiast since his first ride in a Mustang with his dad at an early age. He enjoys working on cars and in 2018 bought his dream car, a Subaru WRX. In mid-2019 Vince developed blurred vision at work and saw a doctor. The doctor performed an MRI which showed he had ocular neuritis and lesions on his brain and spine. Vince was told he had MS. Initially, Vince struggled with the diagnosis and what it would mean for his life. He made the decision to learn more about MS, how to live with it and help others. Vince is an inspiration to those around him through his positivity and encouragement. This campaign is to bring awareness to Multiple Sclerosis and to help Vince and others with MS find a positive way of life.