Apr 30, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Susan Ashline
May 4, 2012 OFFICE: 1-800-FIGHT-MS (press 2)
Congressman Paul Tonko to Rally 1000s of Walkers
at Loudonville Event
Loudonville, NY – U.S Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY) will be the kick-off speaker for Walk MS Albany on Sunday, May 6, motivating more than 1,400 people to walk to find a cure for MS. The National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter hopes to raise more than $200,000 from Walk MS Albany.
“While the symptoms of MS remain unpredictable from individual to individual, what is predictable is that residents of the Capital Region will pitch in to help find a cure,” said Congressman Paul Tonko. “By standing and walking together, we not only raise awareness and support to fight this disease, but we also prove that collectively we are better than on our own, together we are stronger than apart. I thank the National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter for allowing me to be a small part of such an inspirational event.”
Funds raised will support direct services for the more than 12,400 people with MS and their families in Upstate New York and research to find a cure for this chronic disease of the central nervous system. In Albany County alone, there are more than 580 people living with MS.
The Walk MS Albany kick-off ceremony, featuring Congressman Tonko, begins at 10:00 a.m. It also includes a motivational speech from Sabrina Johnson, a woman who is living with MS, and who met her future husband at Walk MS Albany last year. The walk is at The Crossings of Colonie, 580 Albany Shaker Road in Loudonville. Registration is at 9:00 a.m.
People can participate in Walk MS Albany individually or as a team, and choose from among a fully accessible one, three or five mile route. Folks can register for Walk MS on site the day of the event.
The Upstate New York Chapter is holding Walk MS in 20 communities this spring, with an overall goal of more than 10,000 participants and $1.4 million.
Sunday, May 6. Registration at 9:00 a.m.; Walk MS begins at 10:00 a.m.
The Crossings of Colonie, 580 Albany Shaker Road in Loudonville.
Visit www.msupstateny.org, call 1-800-FIGHT-MS.
For more information, contact Susan Ashline, Communications Manager, 1-800-FIGHT-MS (press 2), Susan.Ashline@NMSS.org. Sabrina Johnson (Walk MS Albany kick-off speaker), 518-986-5445.
About Multiple Sclerosis and the National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter: 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 the body. More than 12,400 people in Upstate New York are living with MS. The National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter offers a wide array of programs and services throughout the year for people with MS and their families, and raises money to fund MS research. The chapter serves 50 counties in Upstate New York. Call 1-800-FIGHT MS, or visit www.MSUpstateNY.org.