The Melinda Weatherford 5K benefits the Weatherfords by contributing to the costs for her stem cell treatment. All 5K proceeds and donations will go directly to this fund. Since being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1989, Melinda continued to work full time but had to retire in 2002 due to complications from MS. Melinda has progressed from cane to walker to wheelchair and now to powerchair around the house and remains in the wheelchair outside the home. She has not been able to drive a car for years due to leg spasms, fatigue and brain fog. Melinda is unable to stand for periods of time needed to do basic household chores. She has remained positive throughout the entire battle against MS. Melinda uses the YMCA pools to walk laps and does exercises that do not require leg muscle power. Now for the next chapter in lives of Steve and Melinda Weatherford. The stem cell treatment offers a breakthrough procedure with life changing results. Melinda’s goal is to once again walk on the beach hand in hand with Steve and for their only grandson to see her walk for the first time. Melinda’s treatment includes harvesting, activation through an enrichment process and reintroduction of her own stem cells. These stem cells will then attack her others that have MS damage and begin the healing process to reverse the ravages of the disease. This stem cell treatment is not covered by the Weatherford’s insurance.