Make Your Mark: MSA Awareness Tour 2014

Cycling to raise awareness of Multiple System Atrophy

Multiple system atrophy, or MSA (previously known as Shy-Drager Syndrome), is a rare and fatal disorder, with fewer than 15,000 Americans diagnosed and as many as 35,000 undiagnosed at any given time.

According to the
National Institutes of Health, "Multiple system atrophy is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by symptoms of autonomic nervous system failure such as fainting spells and bladder control problems (neurogenic orthostatic hypotension), combined with motor control symptoms such as tremor, rigidity and loss of muscle coordination. MSA affects both men and women primarily in their 50s. MSA tends to advance rapidly over the course of nine to 10 years, with progressive loss of motor skills, eventual confinement to bed, and death. There is no remission from the disease. Currently no cure is available."

In North America, purple is the color of MSA awareness. That's why you will see purple featured on this and other sites.

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