Friday, May 1, 2009

Thousands Walking For MS

All across eastern North Carolina, one of the Society's largest fundraisers has been taking place. Walk MS has brought out thousands of North Carolinians to walk for a world free of multiple sclerosis. Some have the disease and are hoping that a cure might become a realtiy in the not too distant future. With recent advances in drug therapy, in particular the development of oral medication, many in the MS community are excited. Kristin Slater participated in the Triangle Walk MS, which took place this past Saturday. Her team set an ambitious fundraising goal of $10,000 and have already passed this goal. Fundraising doesn't close until May 18th. The team was awarded the "Go For the Green Award" by the Eastern Chapter, to recognize their fundrraising efforts. The whole team is optimistic that a cure will be found. The Greenville and Wilmington walks are taking place this weekend. The walks take place all over the nation. In California, thousands of walkers got a rare behind-the-scenes look at Legoland California on April 25. Teams of participants walked, strolled and rolled through the park before it opened to the public for the day to raise money for the National MS Society.

Many people in North Carolina have traveled from other cities to support their friends or family. Beatrice Gardner drove from Charlotte NC to support her friend and participate in the Triangle Walk MS. "It is important, whenever friends or family are diagnosed with a disease that we are there to support them," she says. We all know someone who is affected by disease, even if isn't multiple sclerosis, so we all can relate. This was a reason given by many of those who came out to support those with MS in their quest for awareness and a cure.
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