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Thousands to Gather for Walk MS, May 1

February 26, 2016

CHICAGO, Feb. 26, 2016The 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 meghan.melone@nmss.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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