Bike MS raising awareness

Published 10:19 pm Monday, October 9, 2017

Two Saturdays from now bicyclists riding for the Bike MS: Atlanta Peach Ride will start in LaGrange as they race to raise money for multiple sclerosis research and programs for those with MS.

MS is an autoimmune disease that affects peoples’ central nervous systems, according to Healthline’s website.

The disease occurs when the immune system attacks myelin, a protective material that wraps around nerve fibers, according to WedMD’s website. Without myelin, nerves become damaged and the damage means the brain can’t correctly send signals through the rest of the body, according to the website.

Some people with the disease have mild symptoms. Others can have trouble with daily tasks, such as walking, muscle weakness or blurred vision. Symptoms usually start between the ages of 20 and 40-years-old, according to WebMD.

Scientists do not know for sure what causes MS, yet most with the disease do not become severely disabled from it, according to Healthline.

There are about 200 new cases estimated to be diagnosed every week in the United States, according to Healthline.

While there is no cure for the disease, there are 12 different medications to help with treatment. According to Healthline, direct and indirect health care costs from $8,528 to $54,244 per person diagnosed in the United States every year.

This is where the bike ride starting and ending in LaGrange comes in — it not only shows visitors our town, but also greatly helps those suffering.

LaGrange gets a chance to welcome people from all over the state and even out of state. Not only does this raise interest in the recent growth of LaGrange, but it encourages people to visit.

Having a statewide event start here is great considering the many counties and cities in the state.

Whether you’ll be participating or cheering on someone you know, we look forward to seeing everyone there.