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MS River Road Run Motorcycle Tour approaches

July 16, 2008

Contact: Emily Wilson

MINNEAPOLIS — The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter will hold its annual MS River Road Run, a two-day motorcycle tour to help end multiple sclerosis Aug. 16 to 17. The National MS Society, Minnesota Chapter anticipates motorcyclists in the 2008 MS River Road Run Motorcycle Tour will raise $140,000. Funds raised through the tour help to drive MS research projects and support programs and services for the estimated 9,000 people living with the disease in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Participants in the MS River Road Run take off from the state Capitol in St. Paul Saturday, Aug. 16, and ride to Baraboo, Wis. Sunday, Aug. 17, participants ride to the finish at the Dakota County Fairgrounds.

The event is fully supported and features meals, suggested fuel stops and mechanical support. A registration fee and $200 minimum pledge are required to participate in the MS River Road Run. For more information or to register, visit http://www.msriverroadrun.com/ or call Allison Wagner at 612-335-7921.

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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