The third McMinnville MS Walk is scheduled for this Saturday around the walking trail at the Civic Center.
The walk is a way to show McMinnville is moving toward a cure for multiple sclerosis (MS) and is a fundraiser for MS research.
MS is a chronic, often disabling, disease that attacks the central nervous system which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms vary from mild, such as numbness in the limbs, to severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision.
Local resident and MS Walk organizer Heather George was diagnosed with MS in 2007. She said, “I started participating in walks in Murfreesboro and Nashville. Over the years, I realized several people in McMinnville have MS and many are touched by MS. So, I wanted to get a walk started here.”
Walkers collect donations for MS prior to the event. Registration is free but anyone wanting a T-shirt must raise $125.
Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Civic Center pavilion located beside the Jungle Jym. Walkers may register the day of the event.
An auction will begin at 10:30 a.m. under the pavilion with the walk to follow. Among items to be auctioned are theme baskets, a handmade swing and a Kindle. Proceeds benefit MS.
George encourages everyone to come out. “I want to stress that just because it says ‘walk’ doesn’t mean everyone has to walk. I know those of us with MS wake up and do not know if we will be able to get around that day. People can walk the whole trail, a little bit or none.”