DENVER – On April 26, more than 500 walkers from Cheyenne will step out at 10 a.m. for the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society’s Sam’s Club Walk MS Cheyenne, presented by First Interstate Bank of Wyoming. Participants target raising $120,000 to stop MS, restore function lost to MS and end MS forever.
This year Walk MS Cheyenne begins at Cheyenne Depot Plaza, located at 121 W. 15th St. and features one- and three-mile run route options that take walkers through downtown Cheyenne, past the Capitol building and many other historic places.
MS is a disease that affects the central nervous system by disrupting the flow of information from the brain to the body. Symptoms vary depending on where the nervous system is affected and can cause balance and cognition issues, fatigue and tremors, and visual impairment, robbing people of movement and independence.
The cause and cure remain unknown, but progress has been made, moving MS from an untreatable disease just 20 years ago to one where there are now 10-FDA approved therapies.
“In 2013 more than 16,000 people participated in the Chapter’s 12 Walk MS events held throughout Colorado and Wyoming raising more than $1.8 million dollars to support programs and research that benefit more than 100,000 people affected by MS in Colorado and Wyoming,” said Kristin Gibbs, vice president of development.
“We are grateful to community members for their continued strong support of the Chapter’s work and the MS community. We wouldn’t have 10-FDA approved treatments available today – and more in the pipeline - without the generous support and commitment of community members and sponsors such as Sam’s Club and First Interstate Bank of Wyoming. Every step taken at Walk MS Cheyenne helps the Society provide programs and resources to assist more than 1,000 people living with MS in Wyoming and their families. Funds also support research that moves us closer to more treatments and ultimately a world free of MS,” Gibbs emphasized.
Registration is free and the Chapter suggests participants raise a minimum of $50. Event day registration is also available onsite at 9 a.m. at Cheyenne Depot Plaza.
For information on MS or to register for the Sam’s Club Walk MS Cheyenne, visit www.cureMSco-wy.org.