There’s Still Time to Join the Movement for Walk MS

Hundreds expected to join the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maryland Chapter in the fight against MS by participating in the annual Walk MS to keep us moving closer toward a cure.

This April 17th, over 350 people are expected to come together to walk at Grand Hotel in Ocean City, MD which will host Walk MS. Participants in the annual 5k walk will raise funds for research as well as programs and services provided by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. To register or find out more, visit www.walkmsmaryland.org or call (800) FIGHT MS

“Walk MS is one of the largest fund raising events in Maryland each year, and we are optimistic that this year will be our best year yet,” said Mark Roeder, Chapter President.  “More than 5,000 people have already registered to participate at one of our 9 Walk sites across the state, but there is still time for many more to join the movement.  We ask everyone who has a loved one, friend or co-worker with multiple sclerosis to sign up today at www.walkmsmaryland.org and bring your donations to the Grand Hotel 21street this weekend.  Your efforts will be greatly appreciated and will move us closer to our goal of raising $1.2 million for MS research and local services.”

More than 8,000 walkers are expected to participate in 9 communities statewide this April to help raise money and keep us moving toward a cure.  Join a team, raise funds and walk to help people affected by MS. Each step you take brings us closer to a world free of MS.

Statewide sponsors include Acorda Therapeutics, Penske, Pfizer, Teva Neuroscience, SAIC, EMD Serono and the Foresters.  Locally, the event is supported by B 101.7, Centerplate at Roland E. Powell Convention Center, Hilton Suites, D A Kozma Jewelers, Miller’s Land Service, Ayres, Jenkins, Gordy & Almand , P.A., Shamuel Leishear DMD, and Food Lion.
Along with hundreds of area residents, special guests at Walk MS include Louise Gulyas member of Worcester County Commissioners, B 101.7 Mike Bradley, Mrs. Delmarva 2010 Enid Kelley and Walk MS Ambassador Cindi Pietroski.

Walkers will enjoy a family-friendly, accessible 5K (3 mile) route.  Registration for the event opens at 9 am and the walk starts at 10 am.  Prior  to Walk MS, participants are asked to collect donations from family and friends who support their efforts to fight MS. Anyone who raises $125 or more will receive a Walk MS t-shirt the day of the event.
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It’s not too late for community members to register to participate by visiting www.marylandmswalk.org or calling (800) FIGHT MS.
The National MS Society, Maryland Chapter raises funds to support vital MS research that will further treatment and move us closer to a cure.  In addition, the Chapter provides programs and services to more than 6,700 people living with MS throughout the State, and advocates on priority issues on behalf of the MS community.  The Maryland Chapter also provides funding in support of clinical services to the John Hopkins MS Center and to the University of Maryland Center for MS.

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 2.5 million worldwide.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
MS stops people from moving.  The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t.  We help each person address the challenges of living with MS.  Each year, through our home office and 50 state network of chapters, we devote nearly $130 million to programs that enhance more than one million lives to move us closer to a world free of MS.  In 2009 alone, the Society also invested more than $33.5 million to support 340 research projects around the world.  We are people who want to do something about MS NOW.  Join the movement at nationalmssociety.org.

Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at www.nationalMSsociety.org or 1-800-FIGHT-MS (344-4867).

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