Dec 01, 2011
Wilmington, DE–On Thursday, November 24, 2011, over 2,800 Delawareans gathered to support the annual PNC Bank Thanksgiving Day Run/Walk for MS before indulging in their Thanksgiving festivities. This event dates back to 1978, when it began in downtown Wilmington and was sponsored by the Bank of Delaware.
“This event began with a handful of Bank of Delaware employees who wanted to do something about MS,” noted Kate Cowperthwait, President of the Delaware Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. “Since that day, the chapter has grown up with the event, and many of the original participants still assist in the planning. In fact, William Lowther, Gordon Kaiser, and Wayne Kursh - three of the original committee members - are still very involved.
“This year marks the 33rd running of the event, and it was a record setting year,” added Cowperthwait who has managed the event as well as the Delaware Chapter for over 20 years. “This year, we had over 2,800 runners and walkers raising about $100,000, making us the largest event in the state!”
The PNC Bank Thanksgiving Day Run/Walk for MS included a 5K or 10K run, a 5K walk, and a 1K Kiddie Fun Run. For more and more people, the event has become a staple Thanksgiving Day tradition, as many come back each year to gather with relatives and friends.
“I first participated in the run in 1995 and ever since it has become a family tradition,” shared C.R. McLeod, Thanksgiving Run/Walk Committee Member. “My Father Rich had MS and after he passed away in 1998, it became a way to remember him on Thanksgiving. The best part about the run is that it is almost like a reunion – you see people that you might not have seen since last year. It is a festive atmosphere and a great way to kick-off the holidays.”
In addition to title sponsor PNC Bank, the sponsors of the event included EMD Serono, Enterprise Foundation, BlueCross/BlueShield of Delaware, Computer Sciences Corporation, Delaware Running Company, Genentech, Anonymous, Asset Management, Contompasis Foundation, Kaiserman Company, Inc, Burns & McBride, Dole, Hy-Point Dairy, J&J Snack Foods Corporation, Horizon Services, Nemours/A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital, Total Bakery Source, Pizza by Elizabeths, Sheraton Suites Wilmington, Central YMCA, City of Wilmington, DS Waters of America, Inc, Theater N, Buffalo Wild Wings, and WJBR 99.5 FM.
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 the body. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with the disease. 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 more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.1 million worldwide.
About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people living with MS and their families move forward with their lives. In 2010 alone, through its national office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society devoted $159 million to its programs and services that assisted more than one million people. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $37 million to support 325 new and ongoing research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at nationalMSsociety.org.