By Jennifer Rawls
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Kim McMillan proclaimed today as “Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Day in Clarksville” and recognized this week as National MS Awareness Week. Joined by a group of local MS advocates and support group members, the Mayor presented a proclamation to Mary Nell Wooten.
“Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease that affects the central nervous system,” said Mayor McMillan. “The symptoms vary from person to person making individualized treatment absolutely necessary. Our community has many people who are affected by MS, either directly or through a family member or friend, and we are all working hard to find a cure, to live our lives fully and to contribute to the Clarksville community.”
According to the Mid-South Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, approximately 450,000 people in the United States have been diagnosed with MS, including 9,000-11,000 children and teenagers. The disease affects people of all races and ages. Women are 2 to 3 times more likely to be diagnosed than men.
Joining Mayor McMillan for the proclamation presentation were Melba Dowdy, Lily Ambrosch, Mary Nell Wooten, Abby Dickson, Mike Yates (who is active duty military). Councilman Geno Grubbs and Caitlyn Linden,
Mayor McMillan also invites the community to join her and the Mid-South Chapter of the National MS Society and local advocates for the Annual Clarksville Walk MS will take place at 10:00 a.m. on April 5, 2014 at Liberty Park. It is a way to connect people living with MS and those who care about them. The proceeds go directly to support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research for people living in our community. For information, please contact Rebecca Polk at 615-690-5349 or firstname.lastname@example.org.