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3/17/06-Tyler

East Texan Suffers From Multiple Sclerosis, Wants To Make A Difference

One East Texan suffers from a debilitating disease, and is fighting to find a cure. More than 400,000 Americans suffer from multiple sclerosis, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Ten years ago, Renee Luker of Tyler was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She takes 40 pills a day to help fight the disease. "For most people it is very silent disease. I have speech problems a lot of time, cognitive speech problems, walking difficulty and fatigue," says Renee.

Some of the more common symptoms of MS include: change in cognitive function...like memory problems, vision, fatigue, difficulty walking and dizziness.

One of Renee's main symptoms is fatigue. "I take naps on my lunch hour if I need to in someone's office or at least rest. I have to go home after work and get as much rest as I can," says Renee.

She works full time in the administration office at Trinity Clinic. "I feel like I am very fortunate compared to a lot of people and I want to give back if I can by helping with the MS walk," says Renee.

Last year, the MS walk raised about $7,000 with 50 participants. Renee says this year they already have 100 people registered and hopes to raise even more money.

"Raise the funds for research that is hopefully going to lead to a cure or better treatment. In the last few years, we have gotten several new drugs that have made treatment of it so much better and now we want to find a cure," says Renee.

Until then, she does not let the disease hold her back.

The MS walk starts at 9-AM on Saturday at Bergfeld Park in Tyler.

Karolyn Davis, reporting. kdavis@kltv.com

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