Ryan Zimmerman has been the face of the Washington Nationals baseball team since they moved to DC from Montreal for the 2005 season. He’s a two time all-star, a Gold Glove winner and team record holder for most home runs and runs batted in.
Last Saturday, Zimmerman’s three run home run was the game winner in the National’s playoff win against the Chicago Cubs. The only one more excited about the home run than Ryan was his mother.
Cheryl Zimmerman was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1995, when her son was just eleven years old. She’s been in a wheelchair since 2000. Ryan says that although the disease has been hard on his mother and the family, it made him grow up and become responsible at an earlier age than the normal youngster.
Being in a wheelchair makes travel difficult for Cheryl so she doesn’t get to see as many of her son’s games as she would like. That was part of the reason it made his game winning hit more exciting for the family.
While living with MS for more than twenty years has been tough and her condition is regressing, Cheryl Zimmerman survives by keeping a positive attitude.
“Things are going to happen no matter what. You might as well enjoy life and be positive.”
The Zimmerman’s also are involved in the fight against MS. In 2006, they started The ziMS Foundation. The group has raised over $3 million for research and treatment of MS.
“Since 2006, the ziMS Foundation has made a real impact in the life of my family as well as many others afflicted by multiple sclerosis.” ~ Ryan Zimmerman
To find out more about the foundation and the Zimmerman family, go to www.zimsfoundation.org.
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