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Three-day, 50-mile Challenge Walk MS approaches

July 10, 2008

Contact: Emily Wilson
612-335-7931
ewilson@mssociety.org

MINNEAPOLIS - The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter will hold the seventh annual Challenge Walk MS: Twin Cities 2008 — a three-day, 50-mile walk to help end multiple sclerosis — Friday, Sept. 12, to Sunday, Sept. 14.

The Challenge Walk MS route features some of the best sites of the Twin Cities, including the Minneapolis chain of lakes and historic neighborhoods of St. Paul. Participants in the 50-mile walk start Friday, Sept. 12, from the Minnesota Veterans Home in Minneapolis and finish Sunday, Sept. 14, with a victory march to the state Capitol in St. Paul.

Last year nearly 300 people participated in the event, raising $700,000 to help support MS research projects around the world and programs and services for the estimated 9,000 people living with the disease in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

A $60 registration fee and $1,500 minimum pledge are required to participate. To register or learn more, visit http://www.mschallengewalk.org/ or call 1-800-582-5296.

About Walk MS events
Each year the National MS Society organizes 600 Walk MS events nationwide and Challenge Walk MS: Twin Cities is one of two Minnesota Chapter Walk MS events. Walk MS: Christopher & Banks Walk 2009 presented by Anchor Bank — a one-day walk held in 17 communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin — will be held May 3, 2009.

About multiple sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. 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 moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.5 million worldwide.

About the National MS Society
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS through our 50 state network of chapters. We fund more MS research, provide more services to people with MS, offer more professional education and further more advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world. The society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. We are people who want to do something about MS now. The Minnesota Chapter represents an estimated 9,000 people with MS in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Join the movement at nationalmssociety.org.
 
Studies show that early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can reduce future disease activity and improve quality of life for many people with multiple sclerosis. Talk to your health care professional and contact the National MS Society at http://www.nationalmssociety.org/ or 1-800-344-4867 to learn about ways to help manage multiple sclerosis and about current research that may one day reveal a cure.

 

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