Apr 25, 2013
WALK IS RALLYING POINT FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS COMMUNITY
Governor and Indiana First Lady to attend annual event inviting people to connect, be inspired and walk to create a world free of MS
This weekend, area residents will step toward a world free of multiple sclerosis (MS) by participating in Walk MS: Indianapolis 2013, which will begin with check-in at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 27 at Military Park in downtown Indianapolis. Indiana First Lady Karen Pence will speak as part of Opening Ceremonies, and the walk will begin at 9:30 a.m.
“Walk MS connects people living with MS and those who care about them,” said Leigh Ann Erickson, president of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Indiana State Chapter. “It is an experience unlike any other – a day to come together, to celebrate the progress we’ve made and to show the power of our connections. We are so pleased to have Governor and Mrs. Pence share in this special day with us.”
Governor Mike Pence and Mrs. Pence will both participate in the walk with their long-time friend, Jamie Broyles, who lives with the challenges of multiple sclerosis.
“We have seen first-hand the impact that MS can have on a family,” said Karen Pence. “We are glad to be a part of this event in honor of Jamie and the thousands of other Hoosiers living with this disease, and we look forward to achieving a world free of multiple sclerosis.”
Walk MS: Indianapolis 2013 is one of eight Walk MS fundraising events throughout the state hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Indiana State Chapter to support life-changing programs for Hoosiers affected by the disease and research for a cure. Walk MS also serves as a rallying point for the multiple sclerosis community, raising awareness about MS and connecting participants.
There is no cost to participate in Walk MS, although walkers are encouraged to raise funds in support of the Society’s mission. Walk MS: Indianapolis features a one-mile route and a three-mile route throughout the campus of IUPUI and downtown Indianapolis. The event is open to individuals of all abilities, so walking is also optional.
Walk MS features a festival environment including music, water, coffee and snacks. There will be an opportunity for participants to write messages of hope on orange flags that will decorate the lawn of the Military Park and an MS Experience, which allows participants to see and feel what it’s like to live with multiple sclerosis through activities like wearing glasses with petroleum jelly smeared on the lenses, trying to button a shirt while wearing rubber gloves, etc.
Walk MS: Indianapolis 2012 included nearly 2,000 participants who raised more than $300,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Indiana State Chapter.
To register for Walk MS: Indianapolis, call 1-800-FIGHT-MS (344-4867), option 2 or visit www.walkMSindiana.org. On-site registration is also available the day of the event.