The National Multiple Sclerosis Society in San Diego is celebrating MS Awareness Week, March 3-9, with a “Foodies Against MS” fundraiser on Thursday, March 6. A number of eateries throughout San Diego County will donate a portion from each purchase to the National MS Society for MS research and programs and services for people with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body.
Local participating establishments include California Pizza Kitchen, 437 S. Highway 101 in Solana Beach, and Chick-fil-A, 3474 Marron Road in Oceanside. In addition, a portion of online orders with Papa John’s will be donated to the National MS Society. Overall, more than 20 eateries, including restaurants and yogurt and ice cream shops in San Diego County, have agreed to donate a portion from each purchase on March 6 to the National MS Society. Details, including links to flyers and a list of participants in San Diego County are available at www.tinyurl.com/MSfoodies.
MS symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis, as well as blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue and cognitive deficits. These symptoms might be permanent, or they might come and go. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, although an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 children under the age of 18 also live with MS. Two to three times more women than men are diagnosed with the disease. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS.