The annual McMinnville MS Walk will be held this Saturday, Oct. 20, at 10:30 a.m. Registration can be made from now until the day of the event.
“Walk MS is a simple, but incredibly powerful way, for you to share in the hope for the future,” said event organizer Heather George. “Be there, because every movement you make and every dollar you raise supports the mission to create a world free of MS.”
Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system). The disease affects more women than men. The disorder is most commonly diagnosed between ages 20 and 40, but can be seen at any age.
MS is caused by damage to the myelin sheath, the protective covering that surrounds nerve cells. When this nerve covering is damaged, nerve signals slow or stop.
Nerve damage is caused by inflammation. Inflammation occurs when the body’s own immune cells attack the nervous system. This can occur along any area of the brain, optic nerve, and spinal cord.
It is unknown what exactly causes MS. Symptoms vary because the location and severity of each attack can be different, but can include loss of balance, muscle spasms, numbness, problems moving arms or legs, problems walking, and problems with coordination and making small movements.
George says Walk MS is a rally point for the community to stand against MS and raise funds to find a cure.
“The walk is a time and place for people to stand together and to be together in an effort to raise critical funds that support cutting-edge research, drive change through advocacy, facilitate professional education and provide programs and services to help people with MS move their lives forward,” George said. “Multiple sclerosis stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn’t.”
Approximately 400,000 people are living with MS in the United States. Walks such as the one done in McMinnville have been taking place since 1988. To date, more than $770 million has been raised to support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research.
McMinnville MS Walk is held at McMinnville Civic Center’s Jungle Gym pavilion and walking trail. Registration the morning of the event will start at 9 a.m., with the walk to start at 10:30 a.m. Food, fun, games, music and a live auction will be held. Among the items in the auction will be a signed cowboy hat from Clay Walker.
To register now, or to make a donation, go to msmidsouth.org. For more information, contact George at 224-7997 or 473-7580.