Hattiesburg, MS — Nearly 200 people are expected to raise more than $24,000 to support cutting-edge research and life-changing programs and services for people living with MS at Walk MS: Hattiesburg taking place April 11 at Longleaf Trace Gateway.
Walk MS, is an opportunity for people living with MS and those who care about them to connect and join together to be inspired and raise critical funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. After the one mile walk, the celebration will continue with food, live entertainment, awards and children’s activities.
“We hope to create a fun, family-friendly atmosphere as we come together to create hope for those living with MS,” said Andrew Bell, Executive Vice President of the Alabama-Mississippi Chapter. “Funds raised allow the Society to fund critical programs and services that help 6,500 people and their families address the challenges of living with MS today as well as fund research to find a cure.”
Walk MS: Hattiesburg attracts friends and families of people affected by MS, people living with MS, corporate teams, and individuals who want to help end MS forever. Each year, nearly 333,000 people walk to create a world free of MS across the country.
WHEN: Saturday, April 11, Check-in opens at 8 a.m., Walk begins at 9 a.m.
WHERE: Longleaf Trace Gateway
PARTICIPATION/ VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION: Visit walkMS.org or call 1-800-FIGHT MS
WHY: Proceeds raised will support cutting-edge MS research and life-changing programs and services for people living with MS.
About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. In 2014, the Society invested $50.6 million to advance more than 380 research projects around the world in order to stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. Through its comprehensive nation-wide network of programs and services, it also helped more than one million people affected by MS connect to the people, information and resources needed to live their best lives.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. 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 at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.