This Saturday, April 9, the MS Walk will take place at Bayview Park to raise awareness.

By Claudia Carlson

Staff Writer

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This Saturday, April 9, the MS Walk will take place at Bayview Park to raise awareness and funds to support research and life-changing services to help people living with multiple sclerosis.

Online registration for Walk MS: Pensacola is now open. The goal for this walk is to raise $26,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to help people living with MS to live as full of a life as possible.

Even if you do not know anyone with this disease, you are still welcome to come to this walk to show your support and raise funds to put a stop to MS.

“Walk MS is the rallying point for the MS Movement and gives those affected by MS and their friends and family a chance to come together to change the world for everyone impacted by multiple sclerosis,” said Laura Pemberton, Marketing and Communications Manager for the National MS society Alabama-Mississippi Chapter. “Walk MS is a celebration of progress being made as we work together to end MS forever.”

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. According to the press release for the Walk MS Pensacola, most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two or three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide.

This walk is all about raising funds for MS, but there is no fee to participate in this walk. Instead, participants are asked to raise money for the cause. Participants who raise at least $125 will receive a 2016 Walk T-shirt, with other prizes awarded for additional fundraising.

“The cost of the event is underwritten by many generous community and national sponsors,” Pemberton said. “Our goal is for every dollar raised by participants to be invested in the mission of the National MS Society.”

Even though MS is usually a debilitating disease, there will be people at the walk who are currently living with MS. This walk comes the month before National MS day on May 25, which brings awareness to the challenges those living with MS face on a day-to-day basis.

“The National MS Society mobilized people and resources so that everyone affected by multiple sclerosis can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever,” according to the Walk MS Pensacola press release. “Last year alone, through our comprehensive nationwide network, the Society devoted $122.2 million to help more than 1 million individuals connect to the people, information and resources they need.”

“It’s not too late to get involved,” Pemberton said. “Most people start their fundraising the week of the walk, so there is still plenty of time to make an impact. Your participation in Walk MS helps ensure no one ever has to be diagnosed again.”

To participate or volunteer for this walk visit www.walkMS.org, call 855-372-1331, or email fundraisingsupport@nmss.org.

If you participate in this event, don’t forget to show your support with the hashtags created especially for this event: #walkMS and #WalkTogether,