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I am raising awareness for multiple sclerosis and have been since October 2006. Better known as MS, it is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. It interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body. Patient symptoms vary from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. It affects more than 400,000 children and adults in the United States.

Our bodies are in constant motion moving information from the brain to the body. MS stops people from moving by attacking the myelin that protects normal nerve tissue. The damage keeps people from moving smoothly, both inside and out. Many have trouble imagining what their life would be without the ability to move, but I know the effects of MS and I have MS.

March is MS Awareness Month in Ohio as signed into law by former Governor Robert Taft March 2, 2006. I asked Carroll County Commissioners to once again acknowledge this and sign a proclamation recognizing March as MS Awarness Month in the state.

I ask for your help in raising MS awareness because this is a battle we can, and should win. Please support this cause and wear the color orange in the month of March. A window display is set up the Carroll County District Library in Carrollton to promote MS awareness as well. For additional information, visit the National MS Society web page at www.natonalmssociety.org.

Ed Hale
Carroll County MS activist
Carrollton, OH


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