People walk for multiple sclerosis

Apr 8, 2018

Deb Threlfall is confident that her husband Ted will be able to walk on his own two feet again, and is doing everything she can to make that happen.

Ted suffers from multiple sclerosis, a neurological disease which affects the brain and spinal cord. His friends and family, moved to help find a cure, formed Team Ted in his honor. On April 8, the team participated in Walk MS: Dartmouth.

In six years, the team has raised $108,000 for research, and $23,000 at Walk MS: Dartmouth — enough to receive a special “super team” honor at the event.

“I honestly believe that all the money that all of these teams raise is making a difference,” Threlfall said. “It’s hard to raise money. It’s hard to ask people for money that they don’t even know what the cause is about but their money is truly making a difference.”

Walk MS: Dartmouth is a yearly tradition, held in April at Quinn Elementary School. More than 600 people participated in either a one or three-mile course on streets around the school.

For event coordinator Lauren Bardsley, the walk was a reminder of her grandmother who had the disease. Bardsley never got to see her walk. She was grateful to see just how many people turned out to raise awareness.

“When she was diagnosed it was in a time where doctors had nothing to say but good luck, and so all of this hard work — really the fact that we can see all of these people here that are living with MS able to go on this walk — really demonstrates the progress that we’ve made and the progress that we’re going to continue to make,” Bardsley said.

She noted New England has one of the largest populations of people living with multiple sclerosis in the country, making events like Walk MS especially important.

Event organizers set a goal of $75,000 to raise for research, advocacy, education and services with those currently living with multiple sclerosis.

Bardsley said in the last 10 years, over 15 new medicines have been produced to help with the disease.