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Help cure multiple sclerosis with Walk MS April 11

Photos courtesy Walk MS via Facebook

In honor of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week, the National MS Society is calling on you to get outside, meet new people and help cure multiple sclerosis! On April 11 Walk MS will celebrate its 25th year by hosting walks all over Washington. The program is designed to promote awareness, create connections, and raise money to combat MS.

The Pacific Northwest has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world. The disease, which affects over 2.3 million people worldwide, targets the central nervous system causing pain, muscular weakness, and sensory numbness. The cause of MS is still unknown, but researchers are exploring the disease to find its origin.

The northwest is an important hub for this research. Swedish Medical Center and UW Medicine both have special programs dedicated to fighting the disease, providing clinical trials, research and rehabilitation programs to support people living with MS.

Walk MS is one of five annual events that the society offers throughout the nation. Registration is free, but participants are encouraged to donate, and will receive a free shirt for raising $100 or more. Fundraising goals range from $35,000 all the way to $842,000.

The Greater Northwest Regional chapter also hosts local events throughout the year. For more information on upcoming events, visit their website. For individuals and families affected by the disease, these events are more than just fundraisers––they are ways to celebrate progress, and creating hope for the future.

Want to join the community? Register for these Walk MS events coming up in the South Sound.

Walk MS: South Sound 2015
Date: April 11, 2015
Location: Chambers Creek Properties, University Place WA
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Opening Ceremony: 9:45 a.m.
Blaire Piha

Walk MS: Olympia 2015
Date: April 11, 2015
Location: Horizons Elementary School, Lacey WA
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Opening Ceremony: 9:45 a.m.
Jen Farner

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