Fight like a girl, be an MS warrior
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Want to fight Multiple Sclerosis (MS)? At the same time you can help Imperial resident Emily Vogt, who was diagnosed with the disease last October.
The Fight Like a Girl, Be an MS Warrior 5K run/walk is scheduled for Saturday in Imperial. The route will begin and end at Campbell Park and will travel north to 16th Street and west through the Sage and Max Additions.
The cost is $25, all of which will benefit Vogt. Participants will receive orange bandanas, while Imperial Super Foods is donating water and bananas during the run.
Vogt first noticed a pain in her left eye and blurry vision. An optometrist sent her for an MRI, which showed 22 lesions in her brain.
She was treated right away for her eye and began infusions of tysabri in December.
Tysabri can slow the worsening of MS symptoms and decrease the number of flare-ups.
Vogt explained that it puts a shield around the spinal cord and brain to keep the white blood cells from attacking those areas.
Tysabri is administered through an IV every 28 days at Chase County Community Hospital. It costs $26,000 per infusion.
Most of the cost is picked up by insurance, with the drug company giving some assistance.
In addition, Vogt travels to Denver every three months for tests ordered by her neurologist. Those tests check for a virus that can fatally affect those with MS.
Walk/run organizers Sue Eskew and Kelsey Owens said people have indicated that they will attend because they have either lost a relative or have one also battling MS.
“We are being MS warriors not only for Emily but for all who suffer from this disease,” Owens noted.
To register or donate contact Eskew at (308) 882-5582 or Owens at (308) 883-1022.
The run will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Campbell Park. In case of inclement weather it will be held at the Chase County Schools Longhorn gym.