A Note From My Brother Paul To Everyone Who Sponsored Their MS Walk

Well, it's been a few weeks since the MS Challenge walk and I wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know how it went.  Once again, the National MS Society put on a great event.  Anne and I really enjoyed our weekend together as well as sharing laughs and stories with the hundreds of others walking with us.  The weather that weekend could not have been better, with the hot weather of the past few months giving way to a comfortable two days in the low 70's.  Just a few blisters formed over the thirty miles but nothing major.  Next year, the event's mileage goes back up to fifty so I'll enjoy this reduced wear and tear on the joints while I can. 

On the fund-raising front, team "Wheels and Heels Against MS" raised over $11,000!!  For those of you who participated in my "Recycling for a Cure" effort, the final can and bottle tally was just over $500. (those nickels sure do add up!)  I'll be looking to raise that recycling bar even higher next year. 

Thank you all so very much for your support this year!  Your never-ending generosity never ceases to amaze and inspire.  Throughout these tough economic times, you continue to reach down deep and lend your support.  For that, I cannot thank you enough.

I also wanted to share some very recent and exciting news from the National MS Society.  Just last week, they announced that the FDA has approved the first oral disease-modifying drug to help fight MS!!  The drug's name is Gilenya and will be available via prescription in the next few weeks. 

You can read more details regarding this medication as well as other advances on the National MS Society's web site: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/index.aspx

Thank you all, again, for helping to fund this research and for the very important role you all play in the battle against Multiple Sclerosis.

Paul Keohane


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