Event to benifit multiple sclerosis awarenessPublished 3:56pm Tuesday, April 16, 2013
By Aldo Amato
MADISON — A local hair salon will be holding an event to benefit organizations that are aiming to find a cure for multiple sclerosis.
The Big Tease Hair Salon on Hughes Rd. in Madison will host its second annual Cut-A-Thon & Craft Mart on April 21. The event began after employee Shala Broadway was diagnosed with the disease in 2011.
“I’ve worked here for nine years,” Broadway said. “After I was diagnosed two years ago, we began this event to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, Multiple sclerosis is a potentially debilitating disease where “your body’s immune system eats away at the protective sheath (myelin) that covers your nerves.”
Broadway said the scary part about MS is that the effects of the disease are usually internal.
“Most people think it is a muscle disease when it is really a nerve disease,” she said. “You can look at me one day and I may look fine but I won’t feel right inside.”
If there is one group that Broadway would like to relay the effects and signs of MS to, it would be the younger generation.
“It is more common now that younger children and younger adults are contracting MS,” she said. “It’s scary thinking that I could one day wake up and not be able to walk. It is really a silent disease.”
Last year, the event raised $1,750 in just three hours. The event this year will last from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Broadway said The Big Tease hopes to double and possibly triple the amount they made last year.
“We’re really to just hoping to be able to help in finding a cure because they are so close,” she said. “To be able to have the medication and be able to live pain free and not having to worry about what it’s going to be like ten years from now. That is what we hope to see one day.”