May 15, 2019
Almost nine years have passed since Joe Bauer experienced some numbness while working out and was blindsided by a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.
It is a chronic, often disabling disease where the body’s own immune system attacks the central nervous system, disrupting the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body.
On April 28, Bauer was joined by family and friends for the local MS Walk at Appleton North High School.
This year’s team of 22 people raised $3,159 (including $1,509 through a casual day) to help the National MS Society fund research, advocate for change, and help people with MS. Over the six years, they have raised almost $20,000.
MS is not hereditary and has unpredictable severity and varying progression of symptoms. Bauer, who has been with Community First about 30 years, refers to himself as Mr. Lucky and does not consider himself a victim.
“Compared to others, I am very fortunate,” said Bauer, whose treatment once included injections every other day but now encompasses taking a pill two times per day. “I prefer to say I just ‘keep on keeping on.’
“Research is ongoing,” Bauer said. “I am encouraged a cure will be found someday. Developments happen frequently which provide help to make life better for those with MS.”
“My family (most notably my bride) has been over the top in their support for me,” Bauer said. “It is overwhelming the amount of support I have received from Community First. In addition to the jeans day, people joining our team and individuals making donations to our team, I have received an incredible amount of moral support and encouragement.”