PITTSBURG — Each Pittsburg State University senior from the Social Work program has the opportunity to reach out to the community and raise awareness for a cause.

Pittsburg State University Student Kristen Simmons is raising funds through the month of November for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, which supports multiple sclerosis research and creates a network for people with MS to communicate through.

Multiple sclerosis is an often disabling disease of the central nervous system which disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.

The cause of MS is currently unknown, there is no cure and the progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS can not be predicted.

Simmons’ aunt was an active person who ran marathons and took care of her family, but now with MS even getting up to give a hug can bring her discomfort, Simmons said.

“She worked a lot and loved to take care of family,” Simmons said.

Multiple sclerosis can affect every area of an individual’s life through symptoms such as difficulty in mobility, severe pain, numbness, fatigue, and even loss of memory, Simmons said.

Simmons plans to raise $500 to go to the National Sclerosis Society through its website at  http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/psusocialwork.

Simmons will raise awareness for MS in the Oval at PSU sometime in November.

To follow Simmons’ project and learn more about MS people can visit her project Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/researchforMS/.

After she graduates Simmons said she plans to be on the medical side of social work to help people with disabilities and for those who don’t have the resources and need help to live a better life.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.