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Walk MS Peoria to take place Sept. 13 at Junction City

August 21, 2015

Hundreds expected for annual event that raises funds and awareness for multiple sclerosis research           

Junction City will once again host Walk MS Peoria, Sunday, Sept. 13, as the parking lots at 5901 N. Prospect Road get transformed into an energetic festival site for hundreds of event participants. Walk MS Peoria, one of 13 official Illinois Walk MS events during the year, is part of the largest annual fundraising of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Illinois Chapter.

Junction City hosted Walk MS in 2011 and again in 2014, and the excitement is building once more for the upcoming festivities.  

“We are excited that the event is returning to our location, and we feel it is the perfect environment for the community to raise funds for a great cause,” said Brittany Michael, Executive Assistant Manager at Junction Ventures. “We look forward to participating and assisting in the event. Be on the lookout for Team Junction City, who will be walking in honor of all those living with MS.”

Participants will be teaming up to walk one to three miles on routes, all of which are 100 percent accessible, beginning and ending at Junction City, at 1 p.m. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., with opening ceremonies commencing at 12:45 p.m. Through the Peoria and Urbana events on Sept. 13 and the spring Walks, which took place on May 3, more than 12,000 people are anticipated to participate statewide in Walk MS in 2015, together raising over $2.7 for MS research, programs and services.

“For so many people affected by multiple sclerosis, this is an important day of the year,” said 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 movement, the amazing turnout of thousands of supporters helps bring us that much closer to our ultimate goal of a world free of MS.”

For more information about Walk MS or to donate online, visit walkms.org, or contact April Hinrichs at april.hinrichs@nmss.or. To find out about resources, programs and services available for those affected by MS in Illinois, visit msillinois.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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