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Walk MS set for Brainerd on Sunday

Walk MS set for Brainerd on Sunday

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upper Midwest Chapter will host the 2014 Walk MS event in Brainerd on Sunday.

The event starts at 9 a.m. Sunday with the walking starting at 10 a.m. Sunday.

The chapter anticipates the annual event will draw more than 150 walkers and raise $21,000 to help move closer to a world free of multiple sclerosis. More than 13,000 walkers are expected to participate in one of 33 Walk MS events hosted this year throughout the Upper Midwest Chapter territory and to help raise nearly $2 million.

Registration may be accomplished by visiting or calling 855-372-1331.

Dollars raised through Walk MS support programs and services for more than 17,000 people with MS and their families in the Upper Midwest Chapter area and fund research to stop the disease, restore lost function and end MS.

Participants in Walk MS — which starts and ends at the Northland Arboretum (14250 Conservation Drive) — may choose a one- or 3.5-mile route option and participate individually or as a team. Though walkers are encouraged to raise funds, there is no donation requirement.

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. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with the disease. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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