MS is known as Multiple Sclerosis and it attacks the central nervous system. The CNS includes the brain spinal cord and optic nerves and symptoms vary from person to person. The cause of MS is still unknown but with events like Bike MS, the MS Walk and other events, people affected by MS and their family and friends.

Approximately 400,000 people have MS and every week, more than 200 people are diagnosed. Worldwide, MS affects 2.1 million people. Factors doctors have determined what causes the disease – these are gender, genetics, age, geography and ethnic background.

MS is an autoimmune disease and affects women (2-3 times more) than men. People are typically diagnosed between 20 and 50 but children and teens can be diagnosed too. It’s more common in people who live in more northern parts of the world, farther away from the equator and occurs in most ethnic groups.

Check out the National MS Society for more info.