National MS Society-Wisconsin Chapter Events Raise $3.6 Million
October 13, 2015
Money will help fund MS research and services
(HARTLAND, WISCONSIN) – Fundraising events hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Wisconsin Chapter during 2015 so far have raised more than $3.6 million. The events were: MS Snowmobile Tour, which was held in January; Walk MS, a series of community walks held at 20 locations throughout the state in April, May and September; Bike MS: TOYOTA Best Dam Bike Tour, which was held in August; and Challenge Walk MS, a three-day, 50-mile walk in Door County held last month.
The funds – which came from donations and fundraising by nearly 14,000 participants across each of the events – will help support global MS research as well as programs and services to help those locally who are living with MS or who care for someone who is. (A number of Wisconsin researchers have been among those funded by donations to the Society.)
More than 11,000 children, women and men in Wisconsin have been diagnosed with MS – believed to be one of the higher prevalence rates in the nation.
For more details, to make a donation or to connect with someone regarding MS-related services for those living in Wisconsin, visit wisMS.org or call 262-369-4400 (toll-free inside Wisconsin 800-242-3358).
Click here to see the number of people in each Wisconsin county who have disclosed to the National MS Society that they have been diagnosed, and click here for an indication of the economic impact.
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.