Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, October 19, 1998

Local resident enjoys week long MS camp

Laura M. Stepka of Winsted recently spent a week at MS Camp, which was held at Camp Courage near Maple Lake, Minn.

MS Camp is sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter. Those who attended the camp enjoyed many outdoor activities, including canoeing, bocci ball, cookouts, horseback riding, fishing and sailing.

According to many campers, one of the most beneficial aspects of MS Camp is the opportunity to spend time with other people who have multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic disease of the central nervous system. Campers share their experiences, including symptoms, disabilities and lifestyle changes that may result from having MS.

They learn from each other about the disease and ways to cope. Best of all, however, campers with disabilities feel that for one week they are the majority, rather than the minority, in a world designed for people without physical disabilities.

MS Camp is staffed by nearly 40 volunteers and just one paid employee of the National MS Society. These volunteers donate an entire week of their summer to make it possible for campers to participate.

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40, but the unpredictable physical and emotional effects can be lifelong.

The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are giving hope to those affected by the disease.

The Minnesota Chapter offers support groups, therapeutic recreation programs, medical equipment assistance, a library of videos and books, an information and referral program, and more.

For more information about MS Camp-or for an MS research update- call the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter, at (612) 335-7900 or 1-800-582-5296 (v/tdd).

HLWW FFA completes successful Corn Drive for Camp Courage

By Tony Lorentz

The Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted FFA Chapter completed their annual corn drive for Camp Courage on Friday, Oct. 9. Approximately 50 members participated.

The school district was divided into eight zones and the members divided into groups for each zone. The corn was collected at the fairgrounds to be shelled by FFA members or taken directly to the elevator. Cash donations were solicited from local businesses.

Due to the generosity of the local farmers and businesses, the chapter was able to collect $3,891.59 for Camp Courage.


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