Feb 21, 2012
More than 500 Participants Expected to ‘Walk to Create a World Free of MS’
During the UAIC MS Walk Presented by Pollo Campero
Fort Myers, FL – More than 500 people are expected to walk and volunteer to create a world free of MS during this year’s UAIC MS Walk Presented by Pollo Campero in Lee County. The 3.1 mile walk will take place on February 25th at Lakes Park located at 7330 Gladiolus Drive.
“The MS Walks brings the community together with passionate participants to raise awareness and funds for those living with MS,” said Karen Dresbach, President of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, South Florida Chapter. “Dollar by dollar, MS Walk is changing lives. Our goal is to raise 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 support research, programs and services for the 6,000 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 First Watch prior to the 9:00 AM start. A group warm-up will be held approximately 15 minutes before the UAIC MS Walk Presented by Pollo Campero kicks off.
With an accessible walk site and a family-friendly atmosphere, the UAIC MS Walk Presented by Pollo Campero draws people of all ages. In addition to the 3.1 mile route, the event will feature snack-filled rest stops, live entertainment as well as fun and festivities for all members of the family, including a bounce house.
For those that are interested in participating, there’s still time to pre-register for the walk as an individual or team. There is a $50 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 Presented by Pollo Campero 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, Pollo Campero, Florida Linen Services, Humana, FMS Bonds, Lee Memorial Health Systems, ICG, Gazit Group, First Watch, Crystal Geyser and Publix.
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. In 2010 alone, through its national office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society devoted over $132 million to programs that enhanced more than one million lives. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested nearly $36 million to support 375 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.
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