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MS Walk set for Saturday
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McMinnville’s fourth annual MS Walk, organized by local resident and multiple sclerosis patient Heather George, is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11. The walk will begin at the McMinnville Civic Center Jungle Jym Pavilion and walking trail.
Registration is at 9 a.m. followed by a live auction. All proceeds from the auction will go to the MS Walk. The live auction will consist of items donated by different individuals and businesses with anything from gift certificates to homemade and handcrafted items.
The walk will begin immediately following the auction.
“Walking for MS is a simple, but incredibly powerful way for you to share in the hope for the future,” says George. “It helps raise critical funds that support cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education and provides programs and services to help people with MS move their lives forward.”
There are many ways to be involved with the walk. Says George, “They can just show up the day of the walk and register. They can go to walkms.org and be linked to the McMinnville MS Walk webpage. Some form teams and raise money for the walk. Others just show up as individuals to walk. I would greatly appreciate any help I can get the day of the walk. If anyone is interested they could get together a basket to be auctioned off the day of the walk. There are so many ways people can get involved.”
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. It is thought to be an immune-mediated disorder, in which the immune system incorrectly attacks healthy tissue.
MS can cause many symptoms, including blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis, blindness and more. These problems may come and go or persist and worsen over time. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, although individuals as young as 2 and as old as 75 have developed it.
Says George, “I was diagnosed with MS in 2007 after waking up one morning blind in my left eye. I was very fortunate to have been diagnosed that quickly. I had participated in the walks in Murfreesboro and Nashville and joined our local MS support group and found so many people in McMinnville who have MS. I was astonished and thought that awareness needed to be raised here in McMinnville about the disease and how others could get involved. I started the walk in 2011 and raised over $30,000. We proved we were a rallying point to help raise awareness as well as money to help stop MS in its tracks.”
For more information on MS and how the money raised during the walk is used, visit www.nationalmssociety.org.  To learn more about the McMinnville MS Walk, contact Heather George at 931-224-7997.