More than 1,500 walkers are expected to gather on Sunday, September 12, 2010, at the Purdue University Calumet for Walk MS Northwest. Walk MS is the rallying point for the Indiana State Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis, a time and a place to help raise funds that support cutting edge research, drive change through advocacy, facilitate professional education and provide programs and services to help people with MS.
Check in begins at 8:30 a.m., with the walk starting at 10 a.m. Walkers will have the option of either a 1-mile or 2.6-mile route. Many participants create teams as a way to fundraise and walk together in finding a cure for MS.
“All of the volunteers and staff are activists who want to do something about MS now. Walk MS is a fundraiser for MS programs, research and education. This year we hope to raise $150,000.” said Mari Linn Wise, community development coordinator for the Northern Indiana area that services the Northwest area
Call (574) 855-9868 or go online at www.walkMSindiana.org to register as an individual or form a walk team!
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and it stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and nearly 8,000 in Indiana alone.