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Sanford-Fritch Junior High helps fight MS

March 28, 2012

The Sanford-Fritch Junior High is doing its part to fight multiple sclerosis. (Front row) Hayden Hunt Kacey Mills, Emilee Lovejoy, Jayden Snider, Kora Sherman, Ryann Washer, and Jordan Athey; (Back row) Jacob Roten, Regan King, Shilon Tucker, Fifi Beltran, Emmy Meek, Reagan Moos, Jade Gipson, Ashley Chalmers, Lucinda Rodriguez, Chelsie Bryan, and Morgan Unwin. PHOTO BY DON RICE

Sanford-Fritch Junior High School students have taken part in the Multiple Sclerosis Walk in Lubbock every year to help defeat the disease. This year they will walk for MS in Amarillo.
Sanford Fritch Junior High Aide Sandy Bryan stated, “My daughter Ashley was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis three years ago and since then we have had a team walk in the MS Walk every year. This will be our third. The team is a family and friend combination.”
Every year, kids involved with SFJH student council, ran by computer teacher Kem Mullens, help raise donations for their Walk MS team.
Bryan said, “The student council has done two fundraisers for our Team ‘Hot MeSs.’ The first fundraiser was, pay a dollar and you can wear a hat to school. The second was, pay two dollars and you can wear pj’s to school. The next one is scheduled for the week of April 9th to the 13th. All three grade levels will be having a competition, whoever raises the most money during the week gets to have a popcorn party for that grade. There will be three jars set up in the office for collecting the donations. Also, the student council does the announcements everyday and they will be explaining what MS is and giving an MS fact everyday. Our team has raised $1,800, so far.”
The student council has raised $130.
This year “Hot MeSs” will be walking the Amarillo walk on Saturday, April 14, 2012, instead of the Lubbock walk.
This MS Walk will start at Caprock High School, 3001 SE 34th Avenue, and will run 8:30 a.m. till 10 a.m.
According to nationalmssociety.org, multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system.
It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder. This means the immune system incorrectly attacks the person’s healthy tissue.
MS can cause blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis, and blindness and more. These problems may be permanent or may come and go.
Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, although people as young as two and as old as 75 have developed it.
MS is not considered a fatal disease as the majority of people with it live a normal lifespan.
But they may struggle to live as productively as they want, often facing increasing limitations.
Those wanting to join the walk in Amarillo, to donate or who want to know more about MS can call 806-468-8005.

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