Volunteers tied orange ribbons around trees at Fig Garden Village, Fresno State, Pelco Schneider Electric and Fresno City College on Monday to mark the start of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week.
According to organizers, someone is newly diagnosed with MS once an hour in the U.S. Orange is the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s “color for the cure.”
MS is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but researchers are making advances to improve treatment.
Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects approximately 2,400 people in the San Joaquin Valley, and more than and 2.3 million worldwide.