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Cranford's Aaryn Wichelns to Captain Team in Walk for MS Five Years after Receiving Diagnosis

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Aaryn Wichelns will lead a team in this year's MS Walk five years after receiving her diagnosis. Credits: Aaryn Wichelns
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CLARK, NJ – Although Aaryn Wichelns was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis during her junior year at CHS, she said she is determined to show the world that MS is a part of her, but does not define her.

Wichelns, who is set to start her senior year at Kean in 2017, will be a team captain during this year’s MS Walk at Clark’s Oak Ridge Park on Saturday, April 29. She got involved with the walk five years ago after receiving her diagnosis.

“After being diagnosed in 2012, I decided to get involved with the MS walk,” Wichelns said. “My favorite part of being involved in the MS walk is seeing the love and support of family and friends uniting for this cause.”

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Wichelns is studying psychology and hopes to pursue an advanced degree in counseling. Her dream is to help children learn how to overcome obstacles, she said.

“After being diagnosed with MS, I felt scared and uncertain,” Wichelns said. “However, as I gradually accepted this prognosis, I was determined that MS would not stop me from living my life or trying something new”

For those who cannot participate in the MS Walk, Wichelns asks that they donate for a cure, promote awareness, or be a supportive friend to someone with MS. She thanks everyone who has supported her within the last five years.

“Along with my family and friends, my biggest support system has been my doctors and nurses,” Wichelns said. “They are there whenever I need them.  My friends, who I met at MS Camp the year I was diagnosed, are also a tremendous support. We are there for each other to offer encouragement or to talk to someone who can relate.”

More information about this year’s MS Walk in Clark can be found here. It will take place this Saturday at 9 a.m. at Oak Ridge Park.

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