Apr 16, 2012
X Games Gold Medalist Tom Wallisch to Help Bring Awareness to Multiple Sclerosis
On Saturday, April 28, X Games Gold Medalist Tom Wallisch, together with approximately 4,000 Utahns, will make strides for a world free of multiple sclerosis at the 23rdannual Walk MS Salt Lake City, presented by Questar, at the Gateway Mall. Wallisch, whose aunt has MS, will walk the three-mile route in his ski boots to help demonstrate what it can feel like to walk in the shoes of someone living with MS.
“Helping to find a cure for multiple sclerosis is important to me,” said Wallisch when he signed up. “My aunt has been living with the disease for many years and my family has participated in Walk MS events since I was a kid. I know these events make a difference.”
Walk MS is the rallying point to the MS movement celebrating hope for the future. It brings together those impacted by MS and those who want to help do something about the disease now. Every hour someone is newly diagnosed with 2.1 million people worldwide and more than 400,000 Americans. Utah has one of the highest incidence rates in the country. It is believed one in 300 is affected. There is no cure for MS.
“MS can stop people from moving and it could be easy for all of us to take movement for granted,” he added. “I am fortunate to compete in an amazing action sport and want to lend my support to help not only my aunt but everyone impacted by this disease.”
Funds raised from Walk MS help support critical research as well as local programs and services for Utahns impacted by the disease. Join Wallisch and the MS community by signing up to participate or by making a donation to Team Wallisch. Visit www.walkMSutah.org today and help create a world free of MS.
Walk MS Salt Lake City, presented by Questar
Saturday, April 28, 2012
8 a.m. - Check-in opens
9:40 a.m. - Program & awards presentation
10 a.m. - Walking begins
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.
Walk MS Salt Lake City is one of three Utah events in 2012 (Northern Utah-Ogden on Sept. 22 and Southern Utah-St. George on Oct. 20). Annually, there are more than 500 Walk MS events nationwide. Unable to join Wallisch in Salt Lake City? Find a Walk MS event near you at walkMS.org.
About Tom Wallisch
This past winter, Wallisch won X Games gold and the Winter Dew Tour title for slopestyle. He also was voted 2012 Action Sports Star on ESPN.com, 2011 Skier of the Year by Freeskier magazine and is considered one of the most electrifying free skiers on the circuit. A member of the U.S. Free Skiing Team, he plans to compete at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, where slopestyle will make its Olympic debut. Originally from Pittsburgh, Wallisch moved to Utah in 2009 to study business at the University of Utah and pursue a career in competitive skiing. When not competing, training or studying, he can be found enjoying Park City Mountain Resort and the surrounding Wasatch range.
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
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sureit doesn’t. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS. Last year alone, through our national office and 50-state network of chapters, wedevoted $164 million to programs that enhanced more than one millionlives. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $40 million to support more than 325 new and ongoing research projects around the world. We are people who want to do something about MS now. Give what you know at www.MSconnection.org.
The Utah-Southern Idaho Chapter, based in Salt Lake City with an office in Boise, Idaho, spans a diverse urban and rural territory serving more than 46,000 people impacted by multiple sclerosis. Learn more at www.cureMSutah.org.
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