Orange ribbons signal multiple sclerosis awareness week

Dozens of orange-clad volunteers hit the trees at Fig Garden Village, Fresno State, Fresno City College and Northwood Village on Monday, March 7, 2016, to help mark Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week.

The nationwide event runs through March 13, 2016.

The National MS Society believes that moving is not just something you can or can’t do, but rather is who you are. By hanging orange ribbons on trees, the society believes it can build awareness about the disease.

For instance, every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis.

Most people with multiple sclerosis are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease.

Multiple sclerosis affects approximately 2,400 people in the San Joaquin Valley and more than and 2.3 million worldwide.