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A Teen Champion with Multiple Sclerosis

An 18-year-old track star from North Carolina is making people rethink what is possible for teens with chronic diseases. Kayla Montgomery was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) three years ago. Multiple sclerosis is an incurable autoimmune condition that harms your body’s nerves. People with MS often have difficulty with mobility, vision, and other functions. Because of her condition, Kayla’s legs go numb midway through long races. Once she stops running, she is unable to control her legs and collapses to the ground. After her diagnosis, Kayla decided she wouldn’t let MS stop her. She went from being one of the slowest on her team to winning the North Carolina state title. Today, she’s one of the nation’s fastest high school distance runners.

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