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MS Walk For a Cure
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS 2/ FOX 28)- About 300 walkers gathered at Kirkwood Community College Saturday to help raise money for a cure for multiple sclerosis.
"It's wonderful," Kathy Ford said. "I couldn't be happier."
On a sunny morning, Ford was all smiles, even though she has been living with MS for four years.
An illness that she says taught her not to live alone.
"It was a challenge for me to ask for help and ask for support," she said. "But it's kinda unusual for me to be in that asking role because I usually want to help out and volunteer."
That's why she attended the walk with her family and friends.
So they could walk to raise money to help others suffering from MS like she does.
"She was so very positive," Ford's mom, Barbara Ford said. "We all fought it."
Support that has helped Ford and her family keep things in perspective.
"Try to be active, try to be as positive cause its pretty easy to be depressed," Barbara said.
MS affects the nervous system and interrupts the flow of information to and from the brain. A disease that is more common in women and causes fatique, numbness, tingling, blindness and paralysis.
Monica Elwood has struggled with walking and her eye sight since she was diagnosed 14 years ago.
"You might have a few issues," Elwood said. "We can get through those. Stay positive as positive as you can be."
Elwood says she counts herself lucky, "I can go have fun and do what I want to do."
An attitude that both women said helps them and their families fight the unpredictable.
"You'll be surprised at how blessed you'll be after doing that," Kathy said.
Both women say they've had their bad days, but the good outweighs the bad.