Central Illinois Multiple Sclerosis Clinic
Annual MS 5K Walk
In April 2014, more than 300 participants and sponsors raised nearly $20,000 for those afflicted with MS. The money provides:
- Much needed equipment and educational books for clinic patients and their families;
- MS educational programs for patients, families, friends;
- Establishment of local support groups in our communities.
Would you like to sponsor next year's annual MS 5k Walk?
Download the sponsorship form here and mail to: Christina Graham, 3101 Temple Drive, Springfield IL 62704. For more information, call Christina at (217) 801-2383.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disorder of the brain and spinal cord. It is a debilitating disease in which one’s own immune system eats away the protective sheath (myelin) that covers the nerves. Damage to the myelin interferes with communication between the brain, spinal cord and other areas of the body. Symptoms vary from person to person depending on the amount of damage and nerves affected.
Common MS symptoms include numbness, tingling, spasms, tremors, pain of upper and lower extremities, blurry vision or blindness, fatigue, short and long term memory loss, slurred speech, bowel and bladder dysfunction and for complete paralysis.
The cause of MS is unknown. There is no way to prevent it and there is no cure, although today we have drug therapies to slow down the progression of MS. The disease strikes one in every 1,000 people, affects whites more than other races and more women than men. It typically affects people between the ages of 20 and 60. Over 500,000 American in the US are affected with MS.
About the Central IL MS Clinic
The Central IL MS Clinic opened July 1995 in Springfield, IL. The clinic is open every Thursday at the new YMCA located at 4550 West Iles Ave. The Clinic is directed by David Gelber, MD and Neurologist. Patients are also seen by Christina Graham, MS Clinic nurse who is also affected with MS.
Our clinic follows over 800 MS patients primarily from central and southern Illinois. Our goal is to make sure the MS Clinic meets the needs of each and every patient.