A chronic and debilitating disease of the central nervous system, MS is the most common neurological disease in young Australians and New Zealanders. Diagnosis usually occurs between the ages of 20 and 40 and three out of four people affected are women – something not many ladies are aware of.
This year, everyone is being urged to raise awareness and much-needed funds for vital support, services and research into multiple sclerosis (MS).
If the fellas would prefer not to wear red lipstick (fair call), they can throw on a red t-shirt or hat. As well as wearing red tomorrow, you can also spread the word on Twitter and Instagram by using the tag #kissgoodbyetoMS as you share your pics and stories.
“There are already so many inspirational people doing the most amazing things; all aimed at raising funds for research into MS and for services for those affected,” said Jeremy Wright, CEO of the research arm of MS Australia which runs the campaign.
To register and find out more about the Kiss Goodbye to MS campaign, visit www.kissgoodbyetoms.org.
Facts about MS:
• MS is a lifelong disease for which there is no known cause or cure.
• It is the most common neurological disease in young Australians which affects more than 23,000 people around the country.
• Diagnosis of MS is typically between 20 and 40 years of age and three out of four people affected are women – an alarming statistic and one that is not commonly known.
• The visible and hidden symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from person to person and from time to time in the same person. Some of the consequences of MS include extreme fatigue and chronic pain – vision, cognitive, continence and mobility issues – right through to total and permanent disability.
• One in 20 Australians are touched by MS and an additional 1,000 Australians are diagnosed with MS every year.
• It is estimated that MS costs Australia over $1 billion each year.