MS Walk set to step out on Saturday

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

A simple walk on a spring day may help someone who has difficulty getting out of bed, much less walking.

The annual MS Walk Saturday, April 29, will raise money to help fund research on how to combat multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune system disease that affects the central nervous system.

Brian Lovell of ConAgra is coordinating the event again this year. He said the generosity of the Marshall community last year raised the bar for the event this year.

Last year, after several years of inactivity, the event resumed and raised $23,000, he said. The goal this year is to exceed that amount.

Check-in for the walk begins at 9 a.m. at the Northpoint Shelter in Indian Foothills Park. The walk begins at 10 a.m.

The long route for the walk is about 4.5 miles long and begins at Northpoint Shelter in Indian Foothills Park, follows Yerby to Odell, goes north on Odell to North, then west to Lafayette, south to Arrow, east to Odell and then back to Northpoint Shelter.

The shorter route is about two miles long and starts at Northpoint Shelter and follows Yerby to Lincoln then returns to Northpoint Shelter.

More than 400,000 Americans and 2.5 million people worldwide may suffer from the disease, according to the National MS Society.

MS damages myelin, the fatty tissue that helps nerve fibers conduct electrical impulses. The result is a disease that is unpredictable and potentially debilitating, affecting people at different rates and with a variety of symptoms.

On the Net:

www.nationalmssociety.org

www.msmidamerica.org

Contact Eric Crump at

marshallfaith@socket.net

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