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Local reaction: Trevor Bayne has multiple sclerosis

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He's the youngest driver to ever win the Daytona 500 and considered one of NASCAR's top contenders but now, Trevor Bayne faces a new challenge. Multiple Sclerosis.

The Knoxville native announced earlier Tuesday that he had been diagnosed with the disease.

The 22 year old driver was sidelined for five races in 2011 for an illness that led to hospitalization at the Mayo Clinic.

MS attacks the central nervous system and can cause fatigue, nausea and loss of feeling to different parts of the body.
An estimated two-point three million people worldwide are living with it and most are diagnosed between the age of 20 and 50.

"You just don't expect to hear somebody who is 22 years old being diagnosed with MS," said Lori Worley, a former Bristol Motor Speedway employee and friend of the Knoxville native, "he's very rooted in Northeast Tennessee. His family has never let him get too much of a big head even after he won Daytona a few years ago."

Bayne now needs that family support more than ever.

"It causes the body's immune system to mistake it's own tissue for foreign objects.you can lose the use of any limb. There are all kinds of symptoms with ms and they are different with anyone," said Bonnie Aubin, a member of the National MS Society.

"Some people it just devastates them immediately. They go straight to a wheelchair and they're gone," said Carl Moore, Co-Founder of the Bristol Motor Speedway and former Tennessee State Senator, who learned his daughter was diagnosed with MS 15 years ago, "just progressively it's gotten a little bit worse as time goes on but she maintains a full time job and she drives a car."

And that's precisely what Bayne plans on doing.

"I've felt great no symptoms like that that have caused me to have any doubts behind the wheel," said Trevor Bayne

Bayne is the newest face of a disease that many, like Carl Moore, are working to defeat.

"Life keeps on and i'm sure it will be great for Trevor too," said Moore.

"I want to push myself as hard as i can and be a competitor and go after it," said Bayne.

A testament to Bayne's perseverance.

Bayne said today he will compete as scheduled at Homestead-Miami speedway this weekend in the nationwide and sprint cup series finals.  

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Former Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne says he has multiple sclerosis but he does not expect the diagnosis to impact his racing career.  Bayne also plans to compete as scheduled at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend in the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series finales.
The 22-year-old driver was sidelined for five races in 2011 for an illness that led to hospitalization at the Mayo Clinic. Doctors ultimately called it an "inflammatory condition," and it was never made clear if it was related to an insect bite he'd suffered weeks earlier.
Bayne became the youngest winner in Daytona 500 history when he won the race as a 20-year-old in 2011.
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Here's a link to more information about multiple sclerosis.


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