Employees of Lattice Communications and their families will take part in a bowling fundraiser on Sunday, Dec. 1 to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS).
The event will be held at May City Bowl on the Southwest side of Cedar Rapids. Lattice Communications is a sponsor and expects to have several teams at the event. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit NMSS. Participants will also have the option of making free will donations and bidding on silent auction items at the bowling alley.
The fundraiser benefits a cause that is close to the heart of Lattice Communications owner Bruce Leventhal, “My mom had MS so it’s personally important that I can in a small way, make a difference with helping the people and families affected by this illness receive emotional and mental support, medications and medical follow-up, food, shelter, transportation, and daycare. So many things we take for granted are a daily struggle can be minimized with our contributions,” Leventhal explained.
Each week, more than 200 are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. A diagnosis is often accompanied by fear, an uncertain future and a list of painful, frustrating physical and cognitive ailments, such as blindness, poor bladder control, loss of concentration and verbal fluency.
Leventhal praised the efforts of Elizabeth Trcka, who was instrumental in organizing the bowling fundraiser. “I want to thank Elizabeth Trcka and her family for their incredible years of effort and contributions with originating the Bowling for MS Event. This is an excellent community charity that I hope the MS Society incorporates nationally.”
Trcka, who owns May City Bowl with her husband, Tom, began the fundraiser 12 years ago. “My sister was diagnosed with MS 18 years ago, so we wanted to help in some way. A fundraiser was a way we could help raise awareness and money.”
She added that she knew that Leventhal’s mother had the disease and approached him three years ago to become a sponsor for the event.
FACTS ABOUT MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
- Every hour, someone is newly diagnosed with MS.
- MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and over 2.1 million worldwide.
- MS is the most common neurological disease leading to disability in young adults
- MS can cause blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue and even paralysis and blindness.
- These symptoms might be permanent, or they might come and go.
- Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system
- It interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body and can stop people from moving
- Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease.
- At least two to three times more women than men have been diagnosed with MS.
- It’s an exciting time in MS research, with more than a dozen new therapies moving through the MS pipeline including the first three oral drugs.