Seventeen members of the Tama-Toledo Eagles Aerie and Auxiliary #2828 gathered together on Monday, February 13 to set up the Annual Charity Day which will be held on Saturday, March 17. Mr. Jake Roush and his wife Barbara are serving Iowa this year as State Presidents. Their State Project is the Multiple Sclerosis Research and Patient Care at the University of Iowa.
Multiple Sclerosis is an inflammatory neurological disease that blocks nerves from sending signals to the rest of the body. The disease is caused when the body's immune system attacks the tissue surrounding the spinal cord and nerves, called the myelin sheath, causing it to break down. When the sheath breaks down, it can cause hardened spots called scleroses. These spots prevent the nerves from sending their messages to the rest of the body. The parts of the body that do not receive these signals cannot function, causing them to fail and often resulting in severe pain.
People struggling with MS face a very difficult challenge. The disease often causes balance problems, uncontrollable spastic movements, vision problems, severe pain, changes in cognitive function and loss of bladder and bowel control. An important part of the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic's service is providing devices that increase mobility and enhance quality of life. Wheelchairs, scooters, walkers and assistive vision technology can make a world of difference to a patient who has trouble performing basic functions that most of us take for granted.
Special guests on March 17 will be Jake and Barb Roush, State Presidents, Rusty and Debbie Clark, State Charity Chairmen of Chariton, Darwin Thomas, PSP and Auctioneer of Albia and others from around the State of Iowa. Tama-Toledo is hoping to make a large donation to MS from ongoing projects including an auction, cake walk, horse races, steak supper and ending the day with a music session.