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  1. Our mission is to assist MS sufferers in obtaining treatments not available in the standard medical system.

  2. What We Do The WAMS Foundation focuses on helping MS sufferers’ access alternative treatments that aren’t available to them through the standard medical system or are beyond their financial means. WAMS aims to enhance the quality of life of MS patients.

  3. How We Do It WAMS makes a difference one patient at a time. Donations will be used to help a specific person get the treatment they seek.

  4. Who Started the Walk A Myelin Our Shoes Foundation (WAMS)? The WAMS Foundation was founded by Carmen Amundsen, her cousin Melanie Pump and her partner Jennie deFoy. Carmen is an MS sufferer who wished to help other MS sufferers attain alternative therapies they could not afford.

  5. Why is the Foundation called Walk A Myelin Our Shoes (WAMS)? Myelin refers to the Myelin sheath, the covering on the nerves, MS damages the Myelin and exposes the nerves which causes demyelination.

  6. How is the WAMS Foundation Different from others MS Societies and Organizations? The core purpose of the WAMS Foundation is to help MS sufferers improve their quality of life. The WAMS foundation is not politically aligned; our goal is to educate the public and help MS sufferers access alternative therapies to alleviate their symptoms.

  7. How is the WAMS Foundation funded? To do our work we rely heavily on public and corporate donations, to donate to our foundation please visit us at www.wamsfoundation.com

  8. WAMS puts a face on the disease, so the world understands the suffering and the need for quick action and research to find a cure for the harrowing disease.

  9. What is Multiple Sclerosis? Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. The disease attacksthe myelin which is a protective covering wrapped around the nerves, causing crippling effects to its sufferers.

  10. What is CCSVI? CCSVI stands for chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency. The term is used to describe compromised flow of blood in the veins that drain the central nervous system.

  11. What alternative therapies are available for MS sufferers? Acupuncture, Naturopathy, CCSVI, stem cell therapies and many other treatments have had promising results for MS patients.

  12. Canadianshave one of the highest rates of Multiple Sclerosis in the world

  13. Multiple Sclerosis is the most common neurological disease in Canada

  14. Every day, three more people in Canada are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis

  15. Women are three times more likely to develop Multiple Sclerosis

  16. Multiple Sclerosis can cause loss of balance, impaired speech, extreme fatigue, double vision and paralysis

  17. Canada is a high risk area for Multiple Sclerosis, which occurs more often in countries, like Canada that are further away from the equator

  18. The cause of MS is not known

  19. MS is notcontagious, and is notinherited

  20. Multiple sclerosis can occur at any age

  21. An estimated 55,000-75,000 Canadians have Multiple Sclerosis. Prevalence rates in Canada are one of the highest in the world.

  22. There are four types of Multiple Sclerosis: Relapsing Remitting MS (RRMS) Primary Progressive MS (PPMS) Secondary Progressive MS (SPMS) Progressive Relapsing MS (PRMS)

  23. Relapsing Remitting MS RRMS is a type of MS characterized by unpredictablebut clearly defined episodes during which new symptoms appear, or existing ones get worse. About 85% of people have RRMS at the time of diagnosis.

  24. Primary Progressive MS PPMS characterized by a slow accumulation of disability, without relapses. It may stabilize for periods of time, and even offer minor temporary improvement, but overall, there are not periods of remission in PPMS. Approximately 10% of people diagnosed with MS have PPMS.

  25. Secondary Progressive MS SPMS follows on a course of RRMS. Over time, distinct relapses and remissions become less apparent and the disease begins to worsen steadily. About 50% of people with RRMS will develop SPMS within 10 years of diagnosis.

  26. Progressive Relapsing MS PRMS is the rarest type of MS, occurring in only about 5% of people diagnosed. People with this form of MS experience steadily worsening disease from the beginning, but also experience clear attacks of symptoms, with or without recovery.

  27. There is no cure for Multiple Sclerosis

  28. How do I apply to receive funding from the WAMS Foundation? To receive financial aid from the WAMS Foundation please apply at www.wamsfoundation.com