Knoxville woman to take part in event to raise funds for MS

Knoxville woman to take part in event to raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis

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Libby Smith Hall works at the Cole Neuroscience Center at UT Medical Center and likes to joke she walks several miles a day across the hospital campus as part of her job. Libby Smith Hall works at the Cole Neuroscience Center at UT Medical Center and likes to joke she walks several miles a day across the hospital campus as part of her job.
"She's had MS for probably about 17 years. And it was very scary when she was diagnosed," said Hall, speaking of her sister. "She's had MS for probably about 17 years. And it was very scary when she was diagnosed," said Hall, speaking of her sister.

By LORI TUCKER
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Efforts will get underway at the end of the week to raise money and awareness for a disease that is often misunderstood.

Right now, 400,000 people in the U.S. are living with Multiple Sclerosis.

MS is a chronic disease of the central nervous system.

A Knoxville woman is getting ready to push herself to the limit to raise funds for MS in honor of her sister.

Libby Smith Hall works at the Cole Neuroscience Center at UT Medical Center and likes to joke she walks several miles a day across the hospital campus as part of her job.

So, it's not a stretch when she talks about walking 50 miles in this year's Charleston Challenge Walk for MS.

"She's had MS for probably about 17 years. And it was very scary when she was diagnosed," said Hall, speaking of her sister.

Hall says her sister is doing much better now, getting good results from FDA approved drugs that may delay worsening symptoms.

Symptoms often begin with blurred or double vision, confusion, clumsiness or lack of coordination, loss of balance, numbness and weakness in an arm or leg.

MS is usually diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, and it seems to affect more women than men.

Hall is hoping to raise enough money to make a difference.

"I'm just going forward with high hopes," she said.

To learn more about the MS Challenge Walk in Charleston, S.C., which runs Friday, February 28 through Sunday, March 2, click here.

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