Go kayaking and help fight multiple sclerosis

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Multiple sclerosis is a degenerative diseases and makes it increasingly difficult for the victim to complete everyday tasks, so the leisurely, upper-body only activity of kayaking has been popular with at least one local patient.

MS-patient Jed Elmaleh of Mount Pleasant has been able to enjoy the sport thanks, in part, of the help by Kathie Livingston of Kayak Nature Adventures, who helped Elmaleh get the equipment and techniques he needed to paddle around the Lowcountry.

The Post and Courier has a good write-up on Elmaleh and the role kayaking plays in his life.

Continuing the help in a different way, Kayak Nature Adventures is putting on "Kayak for the Kure for MS." The event is essentially three group tours where 100% of all proceeds benefit the National MS Society Mid-Atlantic Chapter.

Tours start at 9, 10, and 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 18, at Shem Creek.

October is also a great time of year for kayaking in the Lowcountry, which is also one of the best spots in the world to go paddling. So what are you waiting for? Go sign up.

Here's a bit more about the event from their Web site:
Last year we had over 75 paddlers join us in our "Kayak for the Kure for MS" paddle and this year we hope to have even more!

This tour will encompass beautiful Shem Creek Shrimping Village and Crab Bank Island in Mt. Pleasant, SC. We will launch from our on-site location adjacent to Mt. Pleasant Seafood off Coleman Blvd. Master Naturalist guides and Certified Kayak Instructors from Nature Adventures will lead the trip in small groups. We can anticipate seeing dolphin, pelicans, and hundreds of eastern shorebirds along the way. No Experience Necessary. Single and Tandem kayaks available. A Minimum $50 donation per person includes all gear, guides and even a T-shirt plus a chance to win other great prizes!