Recognizing MS Awareness Week, Jones Joins Forces with Avista MS Education Foundation for 2015 Sports Car Racing Season
In recognition of MS Awareness Week, Devin Jones Racing today announced that it will be racing during the 2015 season in support of Multiple Sclerosis education. Sports car driver, Devin Jones, will be partnering with the non-profit organization, Avista MS Education Foundation to help to deliver programs that educate, support and inspire people living with MS and those that care for them.
A championship contending driver in the 2015 SCCA Pro Racing Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires race series, Jones’ life was touched by MS when his mother was diagnosed with the disease last April. He is now dedicated to helping those with MS find it earlier, attain treatment sooner and improve their ability to live with the disease.
“MS is often a silent disease that can go undiagnosed for years,” said Jones. “My goal is to help raise awareness of the early signs and symptoms of MS that often go untreated so that those living with MS can receive needed therapies earlier to help slow the impact of MS and improve their quality of life.
“My mother suffered symptoms for many years that doctors couldn’t diagnose,” added Jones. “I’d like to make an impact with education and awareness so that others with MS symptoms don’t have to wait as long as she did before they begin therapies that can help to slow, even stop, relapses and delay MS progression.”
Multiple sclerosis (MS)is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body. Considered to be the most common autoimmune disorder of the central nervous system, MS affects an estimated 2.5 million people globally, however it is hard to identify the true number of people impacted as many cases are undiagnosed.
People with MS typically experience their first symptoms between the ages of 20 and 40 and they can vary greatly from patient to patient and often come and go. Early signs and symptoms of MS include:
- Numbness and tingling in the face, legs, arms or fingers
Dizziness and loss of balance
Exhaustion and muscle fatigue, especially in the legs and feet
Blurry vision in one or both eyes which can slowly degrade over time
Loss of bowl and bladder control
Memory loss and inability to focus
Muscle spasms and seizures
Depression and irritability
Jones will help to promote MS education and awareness throughout his 2015 racing season. A driver with experience in many different forms of racing ranging from NASCAR and short track late model races, to open wheel and sports car road racing events, Jones was a leading rookie contender in the Mazda MX-5 Cup series Presented by BFGoodrich Tires last year. Jones’ first 2015 race in the SCCA Pro Racing Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires series will be on March 18-20 at Sebring International Raceway in conjunction with the 63rd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida. For more information about Devin Jones, please visit: www.devinjonesracing.com.
The Avista Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Education Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on programs to educate, support and inspire people living with MS and those that care for them. Through a range of community outreach programs and events, Avista’s primary aim is to help people more quickly identify their disease so that they may seek more rapid treatment and support to better their long term outcomes. For more information, visit www.avistamsfoundation.org.