Mar 5, 2015 4:41 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett
The Northern California Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society will hold its annual North State Fundraising Walk on Sunday, April 26, 2015.
"Walk MS" is a rallying point ... So people can come together to raise funds and celebrate hope for the future.
More than 300 walkers are expected to take part in the Chico event, which starts at Sycamore Field in lower Bidwell Park.
Money raised at Walk MS will support direct services for the nearly 12,500 people with MS and their families in Northern California. Some of it will also go toward MS research with hopes of finding a cure for this chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system.
People can participate in Walk MS individually or as a team. Participants can choose a 1 mile or 3 mile walk, roll or stroll. There will be entertainment on the route and at the finish festival with food, music, dancers, face painters, team booth and give-a-ways.
Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. on April 26th, Opening Ceremonies are at 8:30 a.m. a.m. And the Official Start is at 10:00 a.m.
March is Multiple sclerosis Awareness Month. MS is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The advancement, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer toward a world free of MS.
Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects 2.3 million people worldwide.