Monday, April 18, 2005

Hundreds Walk to Raise Tens of Thousands for MS

"SHARPSBURG, MD- Close to 700 people showed up to the Antietam National Battlefield for the 2005 MS Walk to support research for Multiple Sclerosis. Although walkers got a chance to enjoy a beautiful day outdoors, nice weather wasn`t the only thing on their minds -
'I`m walking in memory of my wife Kim who had MS for 22 years before she passed away last May,' said Wayne Bockstanz.

Bill Scrivener, diagnosed with MS in 1994, said, 'MS is an under-noted thing, people don`t realize how many people have MS.'

Debora Crampton, also diagnosed with MS, said, 'I`m here for a cure. It might not cure me but hopefully it will cure the next generation that comes along.

While some of the participants actually have MS, a chronic unpredictable neurological disease, many others came in support of someone they know with MS or just to support the cause.

Event organizers believe they raised close to $70,000 from the walk. The money will go to National Multiple Sclerosis Society programs, education and research. (more)

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