Posted: October 11, 2010 2:03 AM
Patrick K. Lynch is the former chairman of the North-Central States Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Pat was diagnosed with MS in 1990 at 27 years of age – since diagnosis of this incurable disease.
For over a decade Pat has continued to raise thousands of dollars for the MS Society to go towards research on MS through the annual bike MS and walk MS events.
Pat has earned a respected reputation as one of the leading advocates in the region to raise awareness about this debilitating condition which afflicts nearly 400,000 Americans, with 200 more being diagnosed every week. More than 2.1 million people worldwide live with MS.
Pat testified at the capital in 2009 in support of the Safe Access Act, which sparked a formative discussion about safe access to medical marijuana in Pierre and around the state. When Pat came back home to Sioux Falls he and other advocates, and may patients and their families came together and formed the South Dakota Coalition for Compassion. The Coalition first made an impact in the community by forming a team in the 2009 Walk MS event at the Sioux Falls Convention Center – the Coalition was proud to be one of the top 5 fundraisers in SD by raising $5,100.
Not long after the Walk MS kick-off for the Coalition members filed a petition drive and began collecting signatures to place the Safe Access Act on the ballot for a statewide election.
33,000 signatures and over a year later the Safe Access Act will appear before the voters as Initiated Measure 13 on the November 2nd 2010 ballot.
Pat Lynch is now asking his fellow South Dakotans to provide compassion to some of the most vulnerable citizens in our state, the sick and dying, by voting Yes on Measure 13.
Measure 13 allows patients like Pat and many others afflicted with MS, Cancer, Fibormyalgia, and other ailments to pursue a safe and legal option through a tightly regulated program under the Department of Health.
Measure 13 is about compassion.
Measure 13 makes sense, the science and personal testimonials cannot be ignored.
Vote Yes for Compassion, Yes on 13!
Braxton J. Williams