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Thousands support the 25th annual Walk for Multiple Sclerosis

OLAYEMI ODESANYA Special to the AmNews | 5/23/2013, 2:58 p.m.
Thousands support the 25th annual Walk for Multiple Sclerosis

Thousands of people showed up to support the 25th annual Walk MS to raise money and awareness for new and greater treatment for people who have multiple sclerosis.

It was a bright and beautiful day, and so many families and supporters and people with MS walked along the South Street Seaport for the three- and six-mile walks. The National MS Society sent out words of thanks to "Our 10,000 registered participants, more than 800 team captains, 1,000 volunteers and numerous sponsors for making the 25th year of Walk MS NYC-Southern New York such a great success!"

The organization added that, with the great fundraising efforts, "We've raised more than $2 million! However, we still need your help to reach our goal of $3 million to fund hundreds of comprehensive support services and programs for people living with MS, their families and friends and to support the society's critical research initiatives."

Among the great participants was Steve Vives, the one-time professional scuba diver who is now in a wheelchair, but had great energy. There was a young lady named Adrian who walked with a sign on her back that said, "I walk for me--living proof of Ms. Adrian--one year strong."

Then there was Bill, who walked with his friend Zack, who was riding a scooter. Zack also was in great spirits. He was diagnosed with MS in 2010, but was a cheerful participant in the walk. The walk has great intentions: to raise money to spread awareness. It is great to be a part of that.

There are a lot of MS Society events throughout the city. To find out more information, visit www.nationalmssociety.org/employermatch or call 800-344-4867.