Name:

 

Paula Sanchez

Country of residence:

 

USA

Age:

 

46

Occupation:

 

Program Manager for a technology company

What is your relationship with your MS walking partner?

 

 

Lori Schneider paired us up back in 2010. My MS walking partner (Stephanie Ludlow) was here in the bay area in March and we were able to meet up and get to know one another.

How has a diagnosis of MS affected your relationship with your walking partner?

 

 

We didnít know one another when she was diagnosed. However, when we met in March, we discussed our MS communities and support systems and shared resources. Weíre here for each other to help any way possible.

What are your current views/feelings of your MS walking partnerís life with Multiple Sclerosis?

 

 

Based on what my walking partner shared, she is doing very well. She has done an amazing job in training for Kilimanjaro and her MS has not been a hindrance.

What has motivated you to take part in the Kilimanjaro climb and to be a walking partner for people with MS?

 

 

For the past nine years, Iíve participated in a 50-mile MS Challenge Walk and raised donations each year. Not many people know about MS and we must increase awareness about this disease so that one day there is a cure for MS. I participate in events to bring awareness about the disease and the Kilimanjaro climb is a fantastic way to educate people.

What is your previous experience of hiking/climbing?

 

None Ė Iím a novice. This is my first organized hike/trip. I started hiking eight months ago.

How do you plan to support your MS walker companion during the Kilimanjaro climb?

Weíll review her MS symptoms and I will watch for these and assist her, when necessary. We will encourage and push one another throughout the hike.

What hopes/aspirations do you have before and after the Kilimanjaro climb?

 

 

I look forward to meeting all our wonderful team mates and support staff, developing friendships, achieving a summit with MS and Parkinsonís climbers, raising awareness about MS and proving that anything is possible. Especially, a cure.