Sunday March 15 2015 10:22 AM
Sign-up now open for VHI Women’s Mini Marathon taking place on 1st June 2015
Multiple Sclerosis Ireland, the national organisation providing vital services and support to the whole MS community, is encouraging Irish women throughout the country to get active for MS and sign-up for the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon taking place on Monday, 1st June 2015.
Multiple sclerosis is the most common disabling neurological condition of young adults in Ireland, with over two-thirds of the 8,000 Irish people affected being women. Many of these women are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40. This is a time when most people are planning for the future, possibly considering travel, progressing their careers or planning a family. A diagnosis of MS can often make it more difficult for a person to make these plans for the future. There is currently no known cause or cure for the condition.
“Without a doubt, exercise has a positive effect on all of us and there is significant evidence to suggest that physical activity can improve many of the symptoms of MS such as walking mobility, fatigue and mood,” comments Ava Battles, Chief Executive, MS Ireland.
Battles continues: "I’m constantly inspired by the women with MS that I meet – their strength, hopeful outlook for the future and unwavering determination not to allow their MS to define them. MS Ireland hopes to highlight this positive outlook and encourage women to take part in this fantastic event to show their support for Irish women living with MS”.
Funds raised by women participating for MS Ireland will support information, specialised services and resources to the MS community in Ireland.