UNION COUNTY – 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 24th Annual Walk MS kicks off Sunday, April 15 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. This year the New Jersey Metro Chapter anticipates over 10,000 participants and volunteers who are expected to raise over $2 million.
Union County participants will start their walk at Nomehagan Park in Cranford. Participants will stroll through the park and into the beautiful neighborhood and quaint downtown area of Cranford enjoying the picturesque scenery that the area has to offer. 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 welcome to register online at http://walknjm.nationalmssociety.org or at 9 a.m. on the day of the event. Union County participants can register to begin their walk in Cranford at: Nomahegan Park, 1033 Springfield Avenue.
Participants are welcome to register individually, join a team, create a team or volunteer at the Union County site or any of the chapter’s remaining sites including: Belmar, Flemington, Freehold, Hamilton, Jersey City, North Brunswick, Ridgefield Park, Roseland, Roxbury, Sandy Hook and Seaside Park.
All routes are fully accessible and are 4.5 miles in length. For more information about Walk MS, contact: Patricia Tupycia at 1-800-344-4867 or visit http://walknjm.nationalmssociety.org.
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