“Walk MS is a rallying point bringing together those affected by MS to stand strong,” said Utah State Chapter President Annette Royle. “These walks help raise critical funds to support research, drive change through advocacy, facilitate professional education and provide programs and services to help people with MS move their lives forward.”
MS is an unpredictable often disabling disease of the central nervous system. It is a ‘prime of life’ disease as it usually strikes people between 20-50 years old. Every hour someone is newly diagnosed with more than 400,000 Americans impacted by MS including 1 in 300 Utahns.
The Walk MS events range from a one to a three-mile route accessible for people of all ages and abilities. Each Walk MS event includes contests, awards, music and light snacks. Sign up for free today at www.walkmsutah.org or by calling 801-424-0113, press option 2. Walk MS hopes to raise $415,000 across the state of Utah this year.
Upcoming Walk MS 2010 events include:
• Ogden – April 10 at Lorin Farr Park (Jefferson Ave. and Canyon Rd.)
• Provo – April 17 at Exchange Park (700 West 900 North)
• Salt Lake City – April 24 at The Gateway Mall (400 West and 100 North)
• Cedar City – May 1 at West Canyon Park (400 East 200 South along Coal Creek Trail)
• Vernal – May 8 at Ashley Community Park (400 North 900 West)
Check-in for all Walk MS events begins at 8 a.m. with light snacks and festivities following. The program starts at 9:45 a.m. with walking commencing at 10 a.m.
The Utah State Chapter also will host Bike MS: Harmons Best Dam Bike Ride on June 26-27 in Logan, Utah. Learn more at bikeMSutah.org.
Walk MS is proudly supported by the following sponsors: Questar, KODJ 94.1, Harmon and the Breakfast Club, EMD Serono, SelectHealth, and Harmons.
About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Utah State Chapter
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. We do this through our home office and 50-state network of chapters by funding more MS research, providing more services to people with MS, offering more professional education and furthering more advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. We are people who want to do something about MS, now.
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 nationalMSsociety.org or 1-800-FIGHT-MS (344-4867).
Local programs, services and event information can be found at the Utah State Chapter’s site curemsutah.org as well as on Facebook (nmssutah) and Twitter (walkMSutah or bikeMSutah). Join the movement today.