STATE—Every hour someone is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS); a chronic disease of the central nervous system for which there is no cure. It is estimated that over 13,000 New Jersey residents and more than 400,000 people nationwide live with this disease.
MS interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and can stop people from moving. For some, this means living with unpredictable symptoms that can come and go, like numbness and blurred vision.
For others, there is more permanent damage, like paralysis. For everyone impacted by MS, it means not knowing what the day will bring and always being prepared for the unexpected, making it difficult to move forward in life. The New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is looking for people to join this year’s Walk MS to help create a world free of multiple sclerosis.
The 22nd Annual Walk MS kicks off Sunday, April 18 at 10 a.m. at a variety of walk sites throughout New Jersey and is one of New Jersey’s largest and most widespread organized walks. Participants can stroll along the boardwalk overlooking the beautiful Atlantic Ocean or walk the streets of a quaint town with beautiful scenery and shopping. All funds raised from the event will support critical MS research programs and fund local programs and services for all those who are impacted by the disease.
Events like Walk MS, through which individuals and groups work together to make a difference, are what make finding a cure a possibility.
People of all ages are now welcome to register online at http://walknjm.nationalmssociety.org or at 9 a.m. on the day of the event.
Participants will register to begin their walk at one of the following 15 walk sites: Belmar, Cranford, Flemington, Freehold, Hamilton, Hewitt, Jersey City, Ridgewood, Roseland, Roxbury, Sandy Hook, Seaside Park, North Brunswick and Somerville. Courses range from three to nine miles.
Participants are welcome to register individually, join a team, create a team or volunteer at one of the sites. For more information about Walk MS please contact: Patricia Tupycia, in central New Jersey, (732) 660-1005 or Jennifer Hivry, in northern New Jersey, (201) 967-5599 or visit http://walknjm.nationalmssociety.org.
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