May 13, 2013
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||CONTACT: Susan Ashline|
|May 10, 2013||Office: 585-271-0805 x 70344|
Walk MS Poughkeepsie Raises $65,000 for Charity
Hyde Park, NY – Walkers who converged on the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park last Sunday have so far raised more than $65,000 for the National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter. Walk MS Poughkeepsie drew about 500 participants who walked a one-mile loop raising money to find a cure for multiple sclerosis and for programs and services to help people living with the chronic, often debilitating disease of the central nervous system. The rate of MS diagnosis in Upstate New York is about double the national average. In Dutchess County alone, there are more than 500 people living with MS. The disease affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better day for the walk,” said Donna Reichel, Upstate New York Chapter Campaign Manager. “So many people showed up and thoroughly enjoyed themselves while walking for this great cause. “
The chapter has reached 81% of its fundraising goal for Walk MS Poughkeepsie, and is still counting matching gifts and outstanding pledges. Also, many walk teams continue to raise funds through the summer and into early fall.
The chapter holds Walk MS in 19 communities across Upstate New York, with an overall goal of raising $1.45 million dollars.
For more information, contact Susan Ashline, Communications Manager, 585-271-0805 (x70344), Susan.Ashline@nmss.org.
About multiple sclerosis and the National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter: Multiple sclerosis, an 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. 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. The rate of diagnosis in Upstate New York is about double the national average. MS affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide and more than 12,800 people in the 50-county region served by the Upstate New York Chapter. For more information, visit www.MSupstateny.org.