An often misattributed and mistranslated quote, by Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu, advises people faced with a daunting task to step out from where they are. "The journey of a thousand miles begins beneath one's feet," he said, and in the case of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, that journey is to see “a world free of MS.” Here in the Houston environs they are ready to walk their talk.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Lone Star hosts the annual Walk MS: Houston Series, managed by Cammy Hazim, and will take place in November, raising vital funds, promoting disease awareness, and reinforcing the message to area individuals with MS they are not alone on the journey. Each of the five walks feature unique environments, and lengths, but all sites open at 8 a.m. with the movement beginning at 9 o’clock. Volunteer and walker participation require no registration fee or minimum pledge amount, just a willingness to move away from the sidelines and onto the journey. Scheduled area events are:
Kemah – Saturday, November 6
Katy – Saturday, November 13
Sugarland – Saturday, November 13
The Woodlands – Saturday, November 13
Downtown Houston – Sunday, November 14
Recent estimates report there are around 20,000 Texans living with the unpredictable and literally unnerving affects of Multiple Sclerosis – in turn, the estimated lives influenced by those 20,000 lone star residents is bigger than Texas itself. Whether or not individuals with MS seek out any of the vast number of services offered by the National MS Society: Lone Star, still, they all indirectly benefit by the funding of cutting-edge research, legislative advocacy, and the professional education they present. Today, every Multiple Sclerosis patient, and those who know and love them, has been unquestionably touched by the tireless work of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the empowering partnership of their donors.
The journey to see a world free of MS begins beneath our feet and today is a good day to get moving.