An Overview of Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) comes in many different forms. Here’s a quick guide to MS and a little bit about why we formed Team Bobby V.
What Is MS?
The National MS Society defines Multiple Sclerosis (MS) as “an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the body.” With MS the immune system attacks the nerve covering (myelin sheath) that protects cells in the brain and spinal cord.
Types of MS
85% of people with MS are initially diagnosed with Relapsing-Remitting MS (RRMS). It affects women 2 to 3 times more often than men and is usually diagnosed with patients in their 20s and 30s. As the name suggests there are periods of attacks (relapses) and periods of recovery (remittances). 15% of people diagnosed with MS are initially diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS (PPMS). With PPMS, the disease progresses with no or few relapses. This group generally is diagnosed about 10 years later than with RRMS and is divided equally between men and women. PPMS usually attacks the spinal cord more than the brain so walking difficulty is a common problem. Secondary Progressive MS (SPMS) follows an initial course of RRMS; however, in many RRMS patients, the disease becomes progressive.
What Is Team Bobby V?
After Bob was diagnosed with Progressive MS in 2010, we learned of the great imbalance in funding that was going towards treatments and cures specifically for Progressive MS. We founded Team Bobby V in 2015 to fund research focused on finding a cure for Progressive MS. Our goal is to raise $300,000 by 2025 to fund research for a cure for Progressive MS.