My wife works for the MS Society of Wisconsin and wanted to pass this info along to all you Badger faithful.
Press release below.
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For immediate release
262.369.4400 (office) 262.254.4854 (cell)
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN BASKETBALL PLAYER MIKE BRUESEWITZ
TO SHED LOCKS FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
(MADISON, WI) – On Wednesday, April 6, Mike Bruesewitz of the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team will shed his trademark red hair for multiple sclerosis (MS). Mike is partnering with the National MS Society to raise awareness and funds to help people with MS. Teammate Jon Leuer will give Mike his “buzz cut” live during “Wake Up Wisconsin” on WKOW-TV in Madison. People are encouraged to support Bruesewitz’s efforts by making a donation at wisMS.org. The goal for the event is to raise a minimum $3100, reflecting Bruesewitz’s jersey No. 31, to support research, programs and services for more than 10,000 people in Wisconsin who live with MS every day.
Bruesewitz became a media darling during the march to the Sweet Sixteen, his hair a frequent topic of conversation.
“I’m fortunate enough to play basketball and do what I love every day,” said Bruesewitz. “But I know that’s not the case for those dealing with multiple sclerosis. It’s a challenging condition that affects peoples’ lives on a daily basis and I’m honored to do anything I can to make a difference. My hair gets a lot of attention, but I’m hoping to bring awareness to a much more serious subject.”
MS interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving. It is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with MS two to three times more common in women than men. MS affects more than 400,000 people across the U.S. One-in-500 Wisconsin residents live with MS, giving the state one of the highest incidence rates in the country. MS is also an expensive disease. Estimates are that the average cost of living with MS for an individual is $69,000. While the progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, advances in research and treatment are giving hope to those affected by the disease.
The National MS Society is dedicated to creating a world free of MS, providing ground-breaking research into the cause, treatment and cure of MS, and programs and services designed to address the challenges faced by those living with MS now.
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. For more information, visit wisMS.org or call 262.369.4400 or 800.242.3358 (toll free in WI).
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