BOSTON, MA — When more than 2,000 people step out for the annual Walk MS Boston
on Sunday, April 12
there will be a sea of blue shirts bearing the new logo of Cambridge biotechnology company Biogen
, the presenting sponsor for Walk MS. Biogen develops and manufactures treatments for neurological diseases, including multiple sclerosis, so it’s no surprise the company would commit to be the event’s lead sponsor. What is impressive is the number of Biogen employees and their family members who actually walk the walk and fundraise to help people with MS. Last year’s Biogen team had 230 members.
“Biogen is proud to not only be the presenting sponsor of this event, but also to walk alongside the MS community. Participation in these meaningful partnerships, as well as our dynamic patient resources, continue to show our ongoing commitment to helping people living with MS,” says Mat Hesser, Director, Patient Center of Excellence at Biogen.
Walk MS Boston is expected to raise more than $500,000 to support National MS Society funded basic science research to stop disease progression, restore lost function, and end MS forever at the same time it helps people with MS live their best lives through MS education, public policy advocacy, emotional support, and financial assistance. Among those who benefit from Walk MS fundraising is Missy Sternlicht of Brookline, whose MS was diagnosed in March of 2007. Missy is Captain of “Missy’s Marchers,” a team of 11 family and friends walking in Boston.
“To see the sea of orange shirts all walking together is both an inspiring and humbling experience,” said Sternlicht. Walking alongside others with MS gives me incredible courage and strength to keep moving forward.”
WHO: More than 2,000 walkers including Biogen employees
WHAT: Walk MS Boston 2015
WHEN: Sunday, April 12, 2015; 8 a.m. registration & check-in; 9 a.m. start
WHERE: Boston University Nickerson Field, Harry Agganis Way, Boston, MA
WHY: Walk MS funds cutting-edge MS research and life-changing programs and services for people with MS.
Walk MS is presented by Biogen, with additional sponsorship from Platinum sponsor Genzyme, a Sanofi company, from Diamond sponsor EMD Serono; and from Acorda Therapeutics, Arbella Insurance Foundation, Reliant Medical Group, Abbvie, Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture, Omnova, and WCVB-TV5. Nationally, Walk MS is sponsored by Novartis.
Through cutting-edge science and medicine, Biogen discovers, develops and delivers to patients worldwide innovative therapies for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, hematologic conditions and autoimmune disorders. Founded in 1978, Biogen is one of the world’s oldest independent biotechnology companies and patients worldwide benefit from its leading multiple sclerosis and innovative hemophilia therapies. For product labeling, press releases and additional information about the company, please visit www.biogen.com