Hundreds of walkers from the Jamestown area will hit the pavement on Sunday, hoping the payoff is a cure for multiple sclerosis. More than 200 walkers are expected to turn out for Walk MS Jamestown, with a goal of raising $23,000 for the National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter.
The chapter is holding Walk MS in 19 communities this spring, with an overall goal of more than 11,000 participants and $1.4 million. Funds raised will support direct services for the more than 12,800 people with MS and their families in Upstate New York and research to find a cure for this chronic disease of the central nervous system.
The rate of diagnosis in Upstate New York is about double the national average. In Chautauqua County alone, there are more than 300 people living with MS. The disease affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide. 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.
Walk MS Jamestown begins at the Allen Park Ice Rink with registration at 9 a.m. and a kickoff ceremony at 9:45 a.m. People can participate in Walk MS individually or as a team, and can choose from route lengths of one, three or five miles. Folks can register for Walk MS in advance online, or on site the day of the event.
For more information, contact Susan Ashline, communications manager, 585-271-0805 (ext. 70344), Susan.Ashline@ nmss.org.