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Mission Steps Walk raises money to support MS patients: VIDEO





















Dozens came out to Oakdale Mall in Johnson City Sunday morning to fund raise with their legs.

Binghamton's 2nd annual Mission Steps Walk was held by Multiple Sclerosis Resources of Central New York to raise money for the organization’s efforts to help those with Multiple Sclerosis, or MS.

Money was raised by walkers who raised pledges for the walk. The money goes to the services the organization provides to patients, like transportation, support groups and educational programs.

Multiple Sclerosis is a disorder of the central nervous system. According to Multiple Sclerosis Resources of Central New York, MS is caused by lesion formation on the ends of nerve fibers.

This results in numerous symptoms which can include vision problems, cognitive issues, numbness, loss of coordination and more.

Charlotte Holley, of Johnson City, was diagnosed with MS 25 years ago.
"I noticed my symptoms when I was in my senior year of nursing school,” said Holly. “I had a lot of numbness and tingling in my lower legs and it became very difficult to walk, so being a nurse I kind of went into different jobs."

However, symptoms don’t always result in an immediate diagnosis. Betty Calkins, of Vestal, says it took several years of symptoms developing for her doctor to connect the dots and diagnose her with MS.

"I probably had it when I was a kid in my teenage years, but they didn't diagnose it until 1979," Calkins said.

According to Multiple Sclerosis Resources of Central New York Program Director Tammy Ballard, the type of treatment an MS patient receives will vary from person to person, due to the severity of the disease in each individual.

"We use the money to help each client individually to be able to deal with their disease on a daily basis," Ballard said.

Seeing so many walkers raising money for MS support is heartwarming, according to one MS patient.

“It's just wonderful,” said Ann Marie Graham, of Conklin. “This is wonderful to see everybody out here supporting MS patients and people.”

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