WEST MILFORD, N.J. – Lyndsay Wright of West Milford was just 18 when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008.
Seven years later, her 29-year-old brother Chris learned he had the same disease.
Now the Wright siblings are on a mission to raise funds for a cure.
Lyndsay and Chris have rallied family, friends and colleagues to participate in the Walk MS in Ridgefield Park. The event raises funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, an organization that invests in research and mobilizes people and resources so that those affected by multiple sclerosis, or MS, can live their best lives.
Multiple sclerosis has “greatly affected my family, but also the millions of other people who are faced with the unpredictable nature of the disease,” Lyndsay Wright, now 27, told Daily Voice.
Multiple sclerosis is “an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body,” according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Symptoms vary from person to person and range from numbness or tingling, to walking difficulties, fatigue, dizziness, pain, depression, blindness and paralysis, according to the organization.
Wright said since being diagnosed, she has had to recognize her limits. “If you’re fatigued, you need to know when to step back,” she said.
She has also tried to stay positive, and said she feels like she was given MS for a reason.
“In a way, I am almost thankful for it, because it helped me become the person I am and to be able to motivate and inspire people around me,” she said.
Wright even rallied her employer, Berkeley College in Paramus, to become a sponsor of the walk and form a team to participate in the walk.
“I want everyone to be a part of my journey. Ultimately, I want a cure for this, but in the meantime if I can motivate and put my positive mindset out there, then I want people to be able to do the same and join me,” she said.
The walk is slated to begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 30, at Overpeck County Park.
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