Posted By: Dan Messineo
A Lincoln couple turns a devastating diagnosis into an inspiring mission for themselves and hundreds of other families. Brian Anders was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis back in July. It's news that could break the spirit of just about anybody, but he and his wife, Jessica, refuse to run away from it. Instead they're running to cure it.
Brian said he was stunned when the doctors told him he had the disease. "You're sitting in the ER room trying to figure out exactly what it is they're telling you. Just confusion, you think about long term," Brian said.
Back in July, the left side of Brian's face went numb. After a battery of tests, Brian and his family got the life-changing news: his nervous system is under attack, which can lead to a host of health problems. Brian's wife, Jessica, said news of the disease was difficult to hear. "You kind of feel a little bit helpless when it's your spouse. Someone you love very much. There's not anything you can do for them," Jessica said.
Jessica wanted to get involved. She started looking into MS events around the state. She found that there wasn't a single MS run to raise money for research and support in Lincoln. "Running is my thing. It's my way of dealing with things, and when we found out, I was thinking I need to do something," Jessica said.
Jessica and Brian decided to do something big. They've taken on the enormous task of starting their own MS 5K run with proceeds going to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. For them it's about turning this negative diagnosis into a positive and shedding light on a disease that affects millions. "I think this will help spread the word not just me and our circles, but get it out to more people. It's a disease that doesn't have a cure. And that's disturbing," Brian said.
Click on http://andersmsrun.com/ if you would like to register to run or sign up to sponsor the MS 5K run/1 Mile Walk on May 259th.