Clark walk may push Multiple Sclerosis Society over $1 billion

Over 600 people are expected to raise more than $75,000 at Walk MS: Clark on April 29 and this year, the organization’s cumulative fundraising is expected to surpass $1 billion. 
Since 1988, hundreds of thousands of people have taken part in Walk MS events across the country raising critical funds and awareness for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Walk MS unites teams of families, friends, neighbors and co-workers to raise funds that drive groundbreaking MS research, provide life-changing services and guarantee a supportive community for those who need it most.
Among the top fundraisers so far is Sean Fresco, a Clark resident who was inspired to volunteer because his other suffered with MS.
“Walk MS is a joyous gathering with a wonderful ‘we’re in this together’ feeling,” said Cyndi Zagieboylo, President and CEO of the National MS Society. “Every participant, volunteer, donor and sponsor is helping to drive us toward this exciting $1 billion milestone. Together, we are accelerating progress in making life-changing breakthroughs so that each person with MS can live her or his best life.”
Walk MS is an opportunity for people living with MS and those who care about them to connect, join together, and be inspired.
In 2016 alone, nearly 300,000 people at more than 550 locations across the country walked to create a world free of MS, raising nearly $50 million.
Genentech, Novartis and Sanofi Genzyme are national sponsors of Walk MS. Local Sponsor: Hackensack Meridian Health, Foodtown, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Biogen, Crystal Geyser and Toufayan Bakeries.
WHEN: Saturday, April 29. Site opens at 9:00 a.m.; Walk starts at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Oak Ridge Park, 136 Oak Ridge Road, Clark, NJ 07066
PARTICIPATION/ VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION:
HASHTAGS: #walkMS and #WalkTogether
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. 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 leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS.
Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide.
For more information about multiple sclerosis and the National MS Society go to nationalMSsociety.org  or call 800-344-4867.

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