March 2013 Update

Multiple Sclerosis Center

Lee BennettIt takes endurance, discipline, and a commitment to health and wellness to run 26.21875 miles.

For Lee Bennett, it took a plant-based diet and exercise routine designed especially for people with multiple sclerosis to even consider entering the LA Marathon. Today, Lee runs 40 miles a week!

Thanks to his participation in the diet and MS study at OHSU, Lee has his sights set on an even greater challenge than the LA Marathon – a 75-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail over six days and culminate at the top of Mt. Whitney.

He credits his transformational results from participating in Dr. Yadav's ground-breaking study.

Vijayshree Yadav, M.D. wanted to answer what effect, if any, a low fat diet has on the relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis disability progression and quality of life.Lee travelled from Southern California to participate and shared this about his experience:

"Participating in Dr. Yadav's Diet and MS study has forever changed my life. Over the past year I have lost 65 pounds and gained the energy to hike 65 miles to the top of Mt. Whitney with my sons. Change from the typical American diet to a plant-based one was a tough adjustment but well worth it. Given the choice, I would not return to a regular diet because I believe my diet and exercise routine have contributed to not having a relapse. I just signed up for next year's LA Marathon because life is not about my MS – it's about living! I am so grateful to Dr. Yadav and the MS Center for showing me how to make the necessary changes and improve my life."

March is MS Awareness Month and it is also a perfect time to celebrate successes like Lee's. Join the OHSU Multiple Sclerosis Center in celebrating these monumental successes in the lives of people with MS by donating today.