Hartland, Wis. – Residents of Milwaukee, Kenosha, Waukesha and Ozaukee Counties (and surrounding areas) who are living with multiple sclerosis – or know someone who has been diagnosed – are invited to register for one of this year’s Walk MS event. The walks are the largest rallying point and fundraiser for those affected by MS, a disease of the central nervous system. Wisconsin is believed to have one of the higher prevalence rates of MS in the nation.
The closest walk locations for county residents will be:
Walk MS: Cedarburg at Cedarburg High School
on May 2
Walk MS: Kenosha-Racine at UW-Parkside Sports and Activity Center in Kenosha on May 9
Walk MS: Menomonee Falls at Menomonee Falls High School on May 2
Walk MS: Milwaukee at the Summerfest Grounds, Briggs & Stratton Backyard on May 3
Walk MS: Oconomowoc at Fowler Park in Oconomowoc on May 9
Walk MS: Waukesha at Frame Park in Waukesha on
Fourteen other walks are also scheduled throughout Wisconsin, and participants are welcome to sign up for the date and location that is best for them.
This year’s goal is to raise $1.5 million in Wisconsin. Funds will support MS-related research as well as services and programs serving the more than 11,000 children, women and men statewide diagnosed with MS and their families.
People can participate in Walk MS individually or as a team. Volunteers are also needed.
Registration is available online at walkMSwisconsin.org or by calling (855) 372-1331.
About Walk MS
In a little more than two decades, multiple sclerosis has gone from an untreatable disease to one with 15 therapies for its most common forms. That’s due in large part to funds raised through events such as Walk MS, a volunteer-driven event supported by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Walk MS is scheduled to take place in 20 communities throughout Wisconsin in 2015, with each location featuring accessible routes, rest stops, first aid, refreshments and more. More than $1.4 million was raised through Walk MS events in Wisconsin last year.
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. 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.