A COMPANY director has decided to donate part of the profits from the sale of his books about his mother’s struggles with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) to the Penang Multiple Sclerosis Support Group Association.
In his 100-page book titled ‘My Mom has MS’ which is now on sale at bookstores, Kelvin Ong, 40, shares his mother’s journey with the disease for nine years.
Ong said he would donate to the association RM10 for each book sold at RM30 per copy.
“There is a serious need to raise awareness of MS as it is a rare disease.
“I’m hoping to have my mother’s stories heard to inspire MS sufferers,” he said.
Ong said his mother Chew Toh Heoh passed away last year at the age of 61.
Meanwhile, the association’s president Peter Lim said it was estimated that 1,000 people in the country had been diagnosed with MS.
“MS affects people of all ages.
“Although MS has a genetic susceptibility, it is not directly inherited, and the symptoms can be diverse and confusing, making it difficult to diagnose,” he said during the association’s 10th anniversary celebration in Komtar recently.
Lim also explained that the symptoms such as vision loss, paralysis, numbness and walking difficulties only appear when nerves in the brain and spinal cord lose their ability to transmit signals.
During the event, some patients also stood forward to share their own stories with the guests.