Heart of the High Plains: MS Society Beefathon

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More than two million people are affected by multiple sclerosis in the U.S., it can be a debilitating and life changing diagnosis.

But the local MS Society is looking to help.

Stanley Austin was diagnosed with MS 27 years ago.

“My whole left side was tingling, like numb. I mean, like draw a straight line right down the middle of me  and my whole left side was numb,” said Austin.

At that time he says his treatment option was to get a shot every other day.
Now things have changed.

“I could’ve only wished that if I was going to be diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis it would’ve been today because I believe if I would have been diagnosed today there would be a cure for me,” added Austin.

MS is typically diagnosed in people ages 20 and 50 and is most often seen in women.

Jeri Farris with the local MS Society says symptoms can be so debilitating, a patient won’t be able to walk.

Through events like the Beefathon, the MS Society is raising money to do research and hopefully one day find a cure.

“The money that is raised is divided equally and a lot of it goes toward research because that is where the hope for a cure is going to be found and also to fund things like our information resource center where we have 24/7 people on call at the call center,” added Farris,

Until there is a cure, Austin says he will continue to live his life the best way he can.

“I’m just going to do the best I can and I am going to stay as positive as I can and I am going to give God the glory for it all,” said Austin.

The MS Society is available 24 hours to help local patients with any questions they may have.

The Beefathon will be this Sunday June 5th from 3 p.m to 6 p.m.

It will be broadcasted live on KCIT Fox 14.

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