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Monday, March 9, 2015

Thousands of Illinois residents to take steps toward cure at 'Walk MS' at 11 locations statewide on May 3rd

as shared by The Greater Illinois Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society


Thousands of Illinois residents to take steps toward cure at Walk MS, May 3

Annual walk raises money for research and support of people affected by multiple sclerosis

CHICAGO, March 9, 2015 — The Greater Illinois Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will hold its annual Walk MS event on Sunday, May 3, 2015, at 11 locations statewide, including Bloomington, Chicago Lakefront, McHenry County (Lake in the Hills), North Shore (Glenview), Northwest Suburbs (Hoffman Estates), Rockford, St. Charles, South Suburbs (Orland Park), Southwest Suburbs (Lockport), Springfield and West Suburbs (Naperville). Walk MS brings people together across the country to celebrate the progress and powerful connections made in the movement to end MS and raises funds for critical MS research, programs and services.

“The reason I’m at such a good place today is because of Walk MS,” said David Alcozer, captain of Team Gizmo at the North Shore site in Glenview. “Being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis was very overwhelming, but by organizing a Walk MS team, I saw how many people I have in my life to support me. It makes things a lot easier.”

Participants will be teaming up to walk 1–6 miles (depending on the site), choosing from one of the fully-accessible route options. Registration and start times vary based on location and can be found at walkMSillinois.org.

“Walk MS is cause for us to come together and celebrate just how far we’ve all come,” said Angela Loftus, participant at the West Suburbs site in Naperville. “Walk MS is about strength and power, and that’s exactly what those affected by MS need. So many people are affected by this disease; it’s not just the people who have been diagnosed with it. To see the excitement and hope of everyone coming together at the walk is an incredible feeling.”

Last year, more than 15,000 people participated in Walk MS throughout Illinois, raising more than $2.7 million.

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease that interrupts the flow of information in the central nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve. The Greater Illinois Chapter mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of more than 20,000 individuals in Illinois and 2.3 million worldwide affected by MS.

To find out more or to register or donate online, please contact Meghan Melone at 312-423-1138 or at meghan.melone@nmss.org, or visit walkMSillinois.org.


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