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FHS student seeks help for MS patients

Every hour someone is newly diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

Despite decades of study, the causes of this disease are still unclear, and there is no cure.

My name is Emily Kiraly and I am 17 years old and a rising senior at Farragut High School.

When I was 15, my life got turned upside down.

I went into the emergency room on Feb. 10, 2005. I was weak and had a hard time controlling the left side of my body.

After blood work, a cat scan, an MRI, and least of my favorites, a spinal tap, the results were in, I had Multiple Sclerosis.

Imagine being a freshman in high school and already being terrified, and than learning that you have MS.

I am not the only kid with MS either. I might be the only one in Knoxville, but I know there are many more out there, a lot of who I am friends with.

I have had a rather rough year with my MS this year. I was out all the first year of my junior year because I had five different relapses, many of them effecting my eye sight. It was hard to be out of school.

OK. Now, imagine what it would mean to a girl like me to find a cure for MS. I would be able to be a regular teenager again!

That is why I am writing this letter to you all, to raise awareness about what MS does to peopleís lives and than what a cure could mean to all who have the diagnosis of MS.

Please help support our cause to research and to find a cure for this disease.

Thank you for all your help!

Iím urging our federal legislators to support the $15 million defense appropriation for MS research funding through the Congressionally Directed Medi-cal Research Programs.

Thank you.


Emily Kiraly


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