CHICAGO, Feb. 26, 2016 —
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Illinois Chapter will hold its largest annual fundraising event, Walk MS
, on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at 11 sites across the state. Locations include: Bloomington, Chicago Lakefront (Lincoln Park neighborhood), McHenry County (Lake in the Hills), North Shore (TBD) Northwest Suburbs (Hoffman Estates), Rockford, St. Charles, South Suburbs (Orland Park), Southwest Suburbs (Lockport), Springfield and West Suburbs (Naperville). Walk MS brings people together to celebrate the progress and powerful connections made in the movement to end MS, and raises funds for critical MS research, programs and services.
“It’s nice to see so many people come together to support this cause,” says Mark Hasty, whose team, No MSing Around, has participated in the Bloomington Walk since 2009. “We all have one common goal in mind – to raise as much money so one day a cure [for MS] will be found.”
Thousands of participants come out to Walk MS each year to fulfill the Society’s mission to end MS forever. Last year, more than 12,200 people came out to the event all across Illinois, raising over $2.6 million to fund MS research, programs and services, making it one of the largest fundraisers in the nation.
“This is an important day of the year for so many people impacted by MS,” says Greater Illinois Chapter President Holly Messick. “Whether it’s through participating at one of our Walk MS sites, volunteering, fundraising or recruiting a friend or family member to be part of the event, the amazing turnout of thousands of supporters helps those affected by MS live their best lives.”
Specific details of the route, and walk-up registration and start times vary with each location. Participants can walk anywhere from 1 to 6 miles on a fully accessible route. Walk MS does not have a registration fee, but as a fundraising event, participants are encouraged to raise funds to support the Society’s mission. For more information, to register or make a donation, visit walkMSillinois.org or contact Meghan Melone at 312-423-1138 or firstname.lastname@example.org