Apr 13, 2012
Salt Lake City to Leave Its Footprint on MS
Walk MS 2012 presented by Questar – Saturday, April 28
On Saturday, April 28, thousands will come together in the fight against multiple sclerosis as they participate in the National MS Society Utah-Southern Idaho Chapter’s 23rd annual Walk MS event, presented by Questar, at the Gateway Mall.
Every hour in the United States someone is newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. More than 2.1 million people worldwide and more than 400,000 Americans are affected. It is believed one in 300 Utahns live with the disease.
Just as MS symptoms and severity can vary from person to person, each team walks for a different reason but for the exact same purpose--to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis.
“Every time I turn around, I see that someone new is diagnosed with MS,” saidLeane Walasek from Park City, who walks in honor of her childhood friend. “Those I know who have MS are strengthened when they know they have support from their friends. It’s inspiring to see everyone come together at Walk MS. It’s my favorite day of the year.”
West Valley’s Bobbie Trujillohas been raising money and awareness for the Society since 2000 in support of her mother, Susan, who has MS.
“People that are hit with this devastating disease are often unable to walk. We walk for them,” said Trujillo, who is team captain of Team Help Momma. "I hope to instill the passion of raising money for the National MS Society and continuing in the annual walks for the future generations."
Twenty years ago there were no treatments for people with MS. Today, there are eight FDA-approved disease-modifying treatments and more in the pipeline than at any other time in history. Funds raised from events like Walk MS are making a difference in the hunt to stop MS in its tracks, restore what’s been lost and one day find a cure.
“We’re hopeful for a cure for my mom,” Trujillo said. “Although a cure might not come in her lifetime, there’s a huge need to support those with the disease. The MS Society does so much for those whose lives are impacted --from scholarships to increasing home accessibility to financial support.”
The event is also empowering for those who have multiple sclerosis. Provo’s Ashley Felten, a recently diagnosed senior at Utah Valley University, is excited to participate in Walk MS for the first time.
“I’m doing all I can to stop my MS in its tracks,” Felten said. “When I was first diagnosed, I was scared about the future. I was scared about how the disease would affect my life and those around me. I’ve changed my outlook now and decided to fight, and it really strengthens me to see all my family and friends rally to my support through Walk MS.”
Carlie Thompson from Bountiful, who lost her uncle to complications caused by multiple sclerosis, is looking forward to the Walk.
“This event gives our family a chance to come together every year to remember our uncle and support those who continue to struggle with the disease,” Thompson said. “My hope is that the day soon comes that no family has to deal with the effects of multiple sclerosis.”
Walk MS is a fun, family friendly event. The route ranges from one to three-miles and is accessible for people of all ages and abilities. The morning will include contests, awards, live music and light snacks.
There is still time to sign up or make a donation by visiting www.walkMSutah.org or calling 800-Fight-MS (344-4867), option 2.
Walk MS Salt Lake City, presented by Questar
Saturday, April 28, 2012
8 a.m. – Check-in Opens
9:40 a.m. – Program Presentation & Awards
10 a.m. – Walking begins
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