Taking Steps to Fight Multiple Sclerosis

By: Audrey Pernik Email
By: Audrey Pernik Email

September 14, 2007

Multiple Sclerosis is a neurological disease that stops people from moving, but this weekend it's galvanizing people from our area to take their fight against this debilitating disease to the streets.

Thirty-five dedicated walkers are heading out today to take part in the Chesapeake Bay Challenge walk in Baltimore, MD. They will cover 30 miles of terrain in two days.

They aren't just walkers, they are serious fundraisers too.

Starting in February, each team member has each raised a minimum $1,500. Together they have raised $25,000 in funds.

As much as this event is a philanthropic challenge, it's a pretty physical one too. The walkers are anticipating a fatiguing 30th mile with sore muscles to tend to at the end of the trek, which is a dominant side effect of multiple sclerosis and something 400,000 people with the disease cope with everyday.

"We're probably not going to solve MS with one big burst. It will probably be little steps along the way, said Fay Painter, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Blue Ridge Chapter President.

While there is no cure for the disease, there have been breakthroughs in research throughout the years.

Painter is celebrating her 30th year working for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She is dedicating each mile this weekend to a specific breakthrough in research over the past 30 years.

If you would like to donate go to http://www.baychallengewalk.org/.

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