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Walk MS hopes to surpass billion dollar milestone

JACKSON- Since 1988 thousands of people have taken part in Walk MS events across the country to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. 

This year they plan to pass the $1 billion mark.

“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.”

This years walk in Mississippi will be at Trustmark Park on April 22, 2017. The site opens at 8 a.m. and the walk will start at 9 a.m.

This year it is expected people will raise more than $70,000 at Walk MS.

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. It disrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body. Symptoms include numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. Most people in the U.S. are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed. It affects more than 2.3 million worldwide.

For more information go to nationalMSsociety.org or call 800-344-4867.

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