“MS is a devastating disease, marked by fatigue, numbness and often visual impairment caused by lesions or areas of inflammation in the brain and spinal cord,” said Clyde Markowitz, MD, director of Penn’s Multiple Sclerosis Center. A disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body, MS strips away the myelin or protective coating around the nerves. This causes the nerves to be susceptible to MS “attacks” – varied and unpredictable symptoms depending upon where in the body they occur – and the development of lesions or scar tissue in areas of myelin damage. There is no cure.
Help raise money to fight this devastating disease by joining Team UPHS/PENN in the MS-150 bike ride on October 3 and 4. This year’s system-wide goal is to recruit 325 team members and raise $150,000. The MS Society and Penn Medicine have a longstanding partnership. Since 2004, the Society has invested over $6.2 million in UPHS research.
Click here to learn more and register for the ride.