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Thousands of Illinois residents to take steps toward cure at Walk MS, May 3

March 9, 2015

The Greater Illinois Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will hold its annual Walk MS event on Sunday, May 3, 2015, at 11 locations statewide, including Bloomington, Chicago Lakefront, McHenry County (Lake in the Hills), North Shore (Glenview), Northwest Suburbs (Hoffman Estates), Rockford, St. Charles, South Suburbs (Orland Park), Southwest Suburbs (Lockport), Springfield and West Suburbs (Naperville). Walk MS brings people together across the country to celebrate the progress and powerful connections made in the movement to end MS and raises funds for critical MS research, programs and services.

“The reason I’m at such a good place today is because of Walk MS,” said David Alcozer, captain of Team Gizmo at the North Shore site in Glenview. “Being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis was very overwhelming, but by organizing a Walk MS team, I saw how many people I have in my life to support me. It makes things a lot easier.”

Participants will be teaming up to walk 1–6 miles (depending on the site), choosing from one of the fully-accessible route options. Registration and start times vary based on location and can be found at walkMS.org.

“Walk MS is cause for us to come together and celebrate just how far we’ve all come,” said Angela Loftus, participant at the West Suburbs site in Naperville. “Walk MS is about strength and power, and that’s exactly what those affected by MS need. So many people are affected by this disease; it’s not just the people who have been diagnosed with it. To see the excitement and hope of everyone coming together at the walk is an incredible feeling.”

Last year, more than 15,000 people participated in Walk MS throughout Illinois, raising more than $2.7 million.

To find out more or to register or donate online, please contact Meghan Melone at 312-423-1138 or at meghan.melone@nmss.org, or visit walkMS.org.

About the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Greater Illinois Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS across a 73-county territory, starting at the Wisconsin-Illinois border and extending south through the northern and central areas of Illinois, and to raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts 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 leading to better understanding and 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 2.3 million people worldwide.

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