Locals Connect to Create a World Free of MS

WHAT:    Multiple sclerosis destroys connections. This unpredictable disease disconnects the mind and the body and disconnects people from one another. So it’s only fitting that our connections would be its greatest enemy. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Walk MS events connect people living with MS, people who care about someone with MS, every family affected by it, and everyone who wants to make a difference. Walk MS is a day for our local communities to come together to show the power of connections.  At Walk MS, our connections become more powerful than the connections MS destroys.

More than 500 walkers are expected to participate in Walk MS, sponsored by Wells Fargo, at Palm Desert Civic Center Park on Saturday, April 11.  The goal is to raise $2.575 million at our 12 Southern California & Nevada Walk sites this spring.  Funds raised will support direct services for the more than 20,000 Southern and Central Californians and Nevadans with MS and their families, as well as cutting-edge research worldwide to find better treatments and ultimately a cure for this chronic, unpredictable disease.

WHEN:    Saturday, April 11

8:30 am – Opening ceremonies begin

9:00 am – Official Walk MS start

9:00 – 10:00 am – Walkers on route (route maps available on site)

9:15 – 10:30 am – Walkers crossing finish line; families & teams celebrating at finish festival

WHERE:   Starting line will be in Palm Desert Civic Center Park, 43-900 San Pablo Ave.  (Media parking here & media check-in at the stage with Emily Hazlett cell 719.233.7599)

WHY:    Proceeds raised will benefit the Southern California & Nevada Chapter of the National MS Society. The Chapter provides programs and services, including educational and wellness classes, direct financial assistance, information and referrals, counseling and support groups, and much more.  The Chapter also funds cutting-edge research worldwide to stop MS in its tracks, restore function that has been lost and end this unpredictable disease forever. Visuals of walkers making a difference and raising awareness will tell the story for itself!

FACTS:   2.3 million people worldwide live 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.

MS stops people from moving.  The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t.  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.  Call 1.800.FIGHT.MS or visit www.nationalMSsociety.org/cal for more information.

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