Walk MS 2013

By: Stanley Jefferson Email
By: Stanley Jefferson Email

Hundreds of people from across the valley made their way to Point Park walking to honor loved ones and friends who are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

It's all part of the second annual Walk MS.

"We have about a hundred folks registered to come out today to help spread awareness and raise funds for important research and financial needs for folks suffering with MS," says National Multiple Sclerosis Society Development Coordinator, Victoria Paul.

Multiple Sclerosis is a disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information between the brain and body.

That loss of connection can cause severe mobility impairments.

Living with MS can be a daily challenge.

"It could be difficult, I try to keep my spirits up the best I can, do the best I can," added Harold "George" Sims.

"I wake up not knowing what's going to happen. One day I might feel like I'm fatigued, next day I might not be able to walk, Monday I might feel totally fine. It's pretty unpredictable," replied Megan Francis.

Those with MS participating in the walk, are happy that the community and National Multiple Sclerosis Society are teaming up to help cure the disease one walk at a time.

"It's absolutely wonderful, my kids and my grand-kids come out with me every year and walk. We raise money for research. It's real important to me," Michelle Schilling said.

"It's just great to know that there's people out there to show awareness and raise money for the society to help the people, I mean to help with a variety of ways with scholarships, funding, education," says Francis.

Rain or shine, members of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will continue to get the community walking to help the individuals with MS have healthier lives.

Parkersburg wasn't the only city having the Walk MS.

20 other different cities in the Mountain State and Virginia also helped spread awareness of Multiple Sclerosis.

To learn more about MS, please call 1-800-FIGHT-MS (344-4867) or visit www.nationalmssociety.org.


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