What is Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system (the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord). It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder, which means the immune system incorrectly attacks the person’s healthy tissue.
MS can cause a wide variety of symptoms, some which may be permanent or may come and go. Symptoms may include blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis, blindness and more.
In 2014, it is estimated that over 250,000-350,000 Americans are currently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
MS generally begins to affect people during their twenties and thirties, and is the most common disease of the central nervous system among young adults.
Rockin’ Against Multiple Sclerosis is a student-run organization that strives to provide service and support to the MS Institute of Mid-Missouri. In order to do this, RAMS creates opportunities for students through educational and philanthropic events focused on multiple sclerosis.
Since its establishment in 1993, RAMS has raised over one million dollars for the MS Institute. We raise money through campus events, student participation, and generous gifts from national and local
businesses. RAMS is a student-run organization within the University of Missouri's Truman School of Public Affairs.
To learn more about the MS Institute, visit www.muhealth.org/MSInstitute.