Team Wingman Mission Statement Fighting for those who are in need, by providing support and awareness in a family-friendly atmosphere.
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Friends Became a Family Fighting MS together
In March 2012, Chris Potter was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)! Rudy Mendez and Andrew Raymond formed Team Wingman to help encourage him to take this disease head on by cycling 157.7 miles in 2 days in the 2012 Bike MS: Alamo Ride to the River!
We are proud to say that anything is possible as Rudy, Andrew, and Chris crossed the finish line together completing the ride together! Team Wingman is expanding their team, mission, and passion through Bike MS, Walk MS, Muck Fest, and Snowmobile MS! We encourage you to join Team Wingman as we will be Fighting for those who need fighting for.
Since our inception we have raised over $500,000. Thank you to all those who have given their blood, sweat, and tears… oh and time… in order to make this all possible! In the 5 short years we have been fighting for those living with MS, there has been leaps and bounds in the medicine available.
What is multiple sclerosis? Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system (the brain, optic nerves and spinal cord). It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder. This means the immune system incorrectly attacks the person’s healthy tissue. MS can cause blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis, blindness and more.These problems may be permanent or may come and go. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, although individuals as young as 2 and as old as 75 have developed it. MS is not considered a fatal disease, as the vast majority of people with MS live a normal life-span. But the unpredictability of the disease can present many challenges, including the possibility of facing increasing limitations. What are the typical symptoms of MS? Symptoms of MS are unpredictable; they can vary from person to person, and from time to time in the same person. For example: One person may experience abnormal fatigue and episodes of numbness and tingling. Another could have loss of balance and muscle coordination making walking difficult. Still another could have slurred speech, tremors, stiffness and bladder problems. Sometimes major symptoms disappear completely, and the person regains lost functions. In severe MS, people have permanent symptoms that might include partial or complete paralysis and difficulties with vision, cognition, speech and elimination. For more information click the following to view “Multiple Sclerosis: Just the Facts” by National Multiple Sclerosis Society