Thursday, February 18, 2010

Fun Fact

I'm sure the thought has crossed your mind. Where did the name CraniuMS come from? No, we aren't just fanatics of the Hasbro line of fun family games Cranium. It was actually a clever merging of what Multiple Sclerosis really is and a play on the letters "MS". Did you know we were almost called "The Boog Troop"?? Luckily, our own team member Danielle Stupsky suggested this clever team name for our first walk last year, and we took it and ran with it.

Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks itself, specifically the myelin sheath, which is what surrounds and protects the nerves in our brain (hence, craniums! Get it? Brain...Cranium..CraniuMS!). When the myelin sheath becomes damaged, the nerve impulses in the brain will become interrupted, causing all of the different kinds of signs and symptoms associated with MS. To put it more simply, think of the nerves in our brain as electric wires. Wires are protected by rubber insulation. If the insulation were to become damaged and break off, the wire would lose its signal. I've found this short video that does a good job of illustrating what happens in Multiple Sclerosis.

This year for the 2010 walk we considered changing our team name to the "Yoop Troop." Something just didn't feel right in changing the name however, so we'll always be CraniuMS! I'm proud of our team and our great unique team name!

Keep S'myelin!
"Captain Crunch"

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