MS doesn't stop Atlantic Beach woman from cheering

Kecia Henry and her Mom Elsie cheer on runners

Saturday marked the first-ever Jazz for a Cure Walk and Run in Atlantic Beach. The event was held to raise money and awareness for multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease that affects the central nervous system.

Kecia Henry helped her mother organize the event. Henry was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis nearly a decade ago.

Because of her illness she wasn't able to run Saturday but she still completed her goal.

"My first attack was my hands going numb until I got to the point where the whole right side of my body was completely immobilized from the top of my head to the bottom of my foot and it appeared as a stroke," said Henry.

But it wasn't a stroke. After more research, Henry explained her doctors diagnosed her with multiple sclerosis. She said they found lesions on her brain, "I have no peripheral vision so i can only see what's right in front of me."

She explained you never know what part of the body the disease is going to attack. Henry's mother Elsie Graves said she's thankful for just being able to walk.

"Now there was a time that she could not walk," Graves explained, "there was a time that she was in a wheelchair but through motivation and through chiropractic care and through acupuncture, we've been through all of it, she is up and moving."

At Saturday's Jazz for a Cure benefiting the National MS Society, Henry and her Mom stood by the finish line, cheering on the walkers and runners coming in down the beach.

"From what I experience, is most people don't know what MS is all about. I had no idea what it was all about until we got hit with it but I think it's very important for people to understand MS," Graves said.

Hoping they'll understand the disease so researchers can find a cure.

"I would hope that they would come up with enough medicine or a cure to stop all of this disease and that I could get back in to exercising and walking or possibly running someday," Henry explained.

But for now Henry says she's ok with just cheering. "I've just been living day in and day out trying to deal with whatever may come my way."

Graves said although this was just the first race, they hope they will be able to hold another race by the end of the year, with even more runners out there.

Saturday, they raised about $400 to go towards research and awareness for MS.

According to the National MS Society, more than two million people are affected by the disease worldwide.