About the MS Achievement Center

HISTORY

The Mid America MS Achievement Center was established in 1995 with the mission of opening a center to provide therapeutic services for individuals with a progressive form of MS. The Center, located in the heart of Kansas City Missouri, is only one of four like Centers in the entire United States, othe others being in Minnesota, New York, and California. et malesuada fames ac ante ipsum primis in faucibus. Pellentesque venenatis dolor imperdiet dolor mattis sagittis. Praesent rutrum sem diam, vitae egestas enim auctor sit amet. Pellentesque leo mauris, consectetur id ipsum sit amet, fersapien risus, commodo eget turpis at, elementum convallis elit. Pellentesque enim turpis, hendrerit tristique lorem ipsum dolor.

A relationship was developed between the MS Achievement Center and The Rehabilitation Institute to form a professional team comprised of a neurologist, a psychologist, and physical, occupational, and recreational therapists. This team provides specialized programming for individuals to retain their functional ability and provide emotional support. The Center opened its doors on August 14, 1997 to six participants who received services once a week. On February 15, 1999, six new participants were added to the program, attending on a different day of the week. There are now four groups of seven participants each and many people on a waiting list who would like to join the program.

THE CENTER

The Center is a one-day-a-week clinic where a group of seven participants receive one hour each of physical therapy, occupational therapy, recreational therapy, and a psychologist-run support group. In addition, a speech therapist and nurse are available to meet with the groups to address swallowing problems, maintaining healthy and intact skin, bowel and bladder function, and other health issues. Each participant will receive services as long as he or she continues to benefit.

The MS Achievement Center contracts with The Rehabilitation Institute for their therapists, a psychologist, and the therapists' manager. Since the majority of the MS people attending the Center are on disability and can only afford to pay a nominal fee, the MS Achievement Center is responsible for raising the remainder of the funds. The proceeds from the Run to Nowhere will help pay for the much-needed therapy received by the people with MS attending the Center. Thank you in advance for your consideration and support of our mission!

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic disease of the central nervous system. The typical onset is between the ages of 20 and 50 years, affecting young adults in the prime of their lives, young moms and dads, or very young grandparents. Symptoms may include any of the following: weakness, tingling, numbness, impaired vision, in-coordination, loss of balance, cognitive deficiencies, bowel and bladder problems, fatigue and, in more severe cases, paralysis. The progression, severity, and specific symptoms vary from person to person.