MS Walks to be held across Michigan


SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Sites across Michigan will host "Walk MS 2013" this year.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the walk hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society Michigan Chapter. 

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Walk MS 2013 events take place throughout the state on various Saturdays and Sundays in May, June and September.

More than 8,000 participants and volunteers are expected as the chapter hopes to raise at least $1.2 million in support of the more than 18,000 people living with multiple sclerosis in Michigan. 

Event days are filled with fun, festivities and local celebrities. Interested participants can register at www.walkMSmi.org.

Locations and dates include:

April 27:  Midland & Lansing

May 4:  Bloomfield Hills & Kalamazoo

May 5:  Detroit

May 11:  Frankenmuth & St. Clair

May 18:  Grand Rapids & Wyandotte

June 22:  Dexter & Traverse City

September 7:  Grand Haven

September 8:  Milford

September 14:  West Branch

September 15:  Marquette

About MS

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts 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 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 2.1 million people worldwide. 

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society 

The National MS Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS.

To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move forward with their lives.  In 2012 alone, the Society invested $43 million to support 350 research projects around the world while providing programs and services that assisted more than one million people. 

The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at www.nationalMSsociety.org. 

Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis.

Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at nationalMSsociety.org or 1-800-344-4867 (1-800-FIGHT-MS).