Local teen hosts Multiple Sclerosis walk
It's National Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month and one young girl is making it her mission to bring awareness to the disease.
Niarra Nimmers held a walk to support MS at Carter Park in Bastrop on Saturday. "A lot of people don't know what MS is, it's a very rare disease," says Nimmers.
She was first diagnosed with the disease last year and says she knew something was wrong when she started falling and having severe back pain.
"And so we took her to her doctor, gave them all her symptoms, they ordered some MRI's, from there we went to Baton Rouge." says Niarra's mom, Marquita Moore.
According to the National MS Society, Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that impacts the flow of information between the brain and the body.
"When that happens it doesn't send signals from your brain to your nerves so you suffer from pain and fatigue," says Moore.
Nimmers says since the diagnosis, her life has changed a little, but for the most part she says she's still the same Neville High School Student.
"I don't dance as much and I don't cheer at all because I think cheering aggravated MS the most, but other than that I still eat the same, I still sleep the same, I still do everything the same," says Nimmers.
Niarra and her mom say they raised $600 through the walk. They’re donating part of the money to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and using the rest to set up a scholarship at a local high school.
They say the walk is going to become an annual tradition.