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Walking For a Cure

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   April 10, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with a mother and her daughter, both diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). From Los Alamos, New Mexico, Debra Snow has been living with MS for eighteen years; her daughter, Jackie Becker resides in Las Cruces and has learned to live with her disease since her diagnosis in 2011. Although MS is not considered a hereditary disease, Snow has four other members of her family with MS, including her daughter.

MS is an invisible, unpredictable, and often disabling disease of the central nervous system. The National MS Society reports that there are more than 2.3 million people worldwide affected by this incurable disease. The MS Society serves over 6,500 people in New Mexico affected by MS, this includes over 2,400 individuals diagnosed with MS.

Snow and Becker are both actively involved in raising awareness and funds for MS research through “Walk MS: Las Cruces,” and other National MS Society activities. This year the “Walk” will be held on Saturday, April 18th at Young Park, 850 S. Walnut Street in Las Cruces. Free on-site registration and check-in will begin at 8 a.m., followed by a 9 a.m. official start time. For more information visit the National MS website – www.nationalMSsociety.org.