Jan 09, 2013
Be Inspired. Get Connected. Walk MS.
More than 500 Participants Expected to Create a World Free of MS During the 2013 UAIC MS Walk
Aventura, FL – The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, South Florida Chapter invites you to walk or volunteer at the 2013 UAIC MS Walk in Aventura. The 5 mile walk will take place on Sunday, March 17th at a new location, Gulfstream Park located at 901 South Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 33009.
“The MS Walks connects people living with MS and those who care about them,” said Karen Dresbach, President of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, South Florida Chapter. “It is a day we come together to show the power of our connections by raising more than $800,000 in hopes of finding a cure for this disease.”
MS Walk, an annual event, is an opportunity for the community to help raise awareness and vital funds to speed up new treatments for people with MS, ensure financial support and reinforce research, programs and services for the 7,000 people living with MS in South Florida.
Registration for the walk begins at 7:30 AM and participants are invited to enjoy a light breakfast with coffee and juice sponsored by The Original Pancake House prior to the 9:00 AM start. A group warm-up will be held approximately 15 minutes before the UAIC MS Walk kicks off.
A new addition to the MS Walk is the Orange and Proud tent, sponsored by MIA Shoes. Goodie bags, t-shirts and other items will be provided to those with MS. With an accessible walk site and a family-friendly atmosphere, the UAIC MS Walk draws people of all ages. In addition to the 5 mile route, the event will feature snack-filled rest stops, live entertainment as well as fun and festivities for all members of the family.
Participants are welcome to register or volunteer for the 2013 UAIC MS Walk online www.mswalksouthflorida.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-FIGHT-MS (344-4867). There is a $50 required fundraising goal for adults and $25 for students ages 13 – 17. MS Walk participants who raise $100 or more will receive a commemorative UAIC MS Walk t-shirt plus additional prizes levels.
Participants are encouraged to recruit friends and family to walk or volunteer as a team. Special recognition will be given for the following categories: Best Corporate Team, Best Friends and Family Team, Best Rookie Team, Most Improved Team and Best School Team. The top three teams overall will be judged by total funds raised.
MS Walk is sponsored by UAIC, Novartis, La Carreta, Florida Linen Services, TEVA, Seaboard Marine, Gazit Group, Service Experts South Florida, NCCI Holdings, Inc., MIA Shoes and The Original Pancake House. Media sponsors include: Comcast, Univision, Clear Channel and CBS4.
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About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. The Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world, and providing programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. Through its national office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society devoted over $164 million to programs and services that assisted more than one million people. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested nearly $40 million to support 325 news and ongoing research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. 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 nationalMSsociety.org or 1-800-FIGHT-MS (344-4867).
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 400,000 people in the U.S. and over 2.1 million worldwide.