Recently, the Student Ambassador group at the Globe University–Wausau campus chose to participate in the local multiple sclerosis awareness walk as their monthly project to provide campus community enrichment or community service.
According to the National MS Society, multiple sclerosis affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide. This is an unpredictable and often debilitating disease of the central nervous system that interferes with how information is passed between the body and the brain. Symptoms vary and can include numbness, blindness, and paralysis. People are most often diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, and is more prevalent in women than in men. There is no cure for MS, but there are currently 12 disease modifying medications available which have been shown to reduce disease activity.
The Walk MS: Wausau area raises funds for research and programs for people with multiple sclerosis living right here in Wisconsin. Eighteen members of the Globe University-Wausau community, including students, staff, faculty, and friends and family, participated in this walk on a recent bright and sunny Saturday afternoon.
Sarah Powers, veterinary technology faculty and one of the walkers, said, “Everyone was really excited and pumped up for the walk. We couldn’t have asked for a better day!”
The day started out and ended right next door to the Globe University-Wausau campus. The Globe team arrived at the Central Wisconsin Convention and Expo Center to find music and a light breakfast. Then the team started the three mile route along the Wisconsin River. All along the route, a ribbon of orange could be found. The walkers also sported orange tee-shirts and kids waved orange pompoms. Even the dogs who joined the cause were decked out in orange leashes and vests!
The Globe team finished the route at the Central Wisconsin Convention and Expo Center to find more music, snacks and some welcome refreshing beverages. Most of all, they arrived at the end of the walk happy to have participated and proud of their contribution. The goal for the Globe team was to raise $500, but they exceeded that goal with a total of $630 raised.
Katie Heisler, student ambassador in the business program, said, “In all of the events I have participated in, I have never seen so much energy in one spot. People ran, people walked. They brought their families out. It was an amazing day to enjoy with all these people supporting one cause. This event is something I look forward to doing again.”