March 14, 2009
Multiple Sclerosis is a debilitating disease interrupting the flow of information from the brain to the body, impeding movement for more than 400,000 Americans. On Saturday, April 4, area walkers are asked to step out for a cure by participating in the 2009 Golden Triangle MS Walk at Propst Park in East Columbus. Registration at the park pavilion begins at 9 a.m.; the walk begins at 10 a.m.
The Columbus MS Walk last year had over 200 participants and raised almost $20,000 for programs and research, according to local coordinator Gennifer Taloney. This year''s goal is to have at least 250 participants and to surpass the $20,000 mark.
"In an area like the Golden Triangle, we should be able to meet that goal," said Taloney. "The day when we finally find the cure for multiple sclerosis is getting closer. This is why we walk."
Organizers noted the sense of community the walks inspire. "Families are drawn closer together, co-workers are united for a greater good, and people gain a better understanding of what MS is," said Jimmie Saucier, development coordinator for the Mississippi Division of the National MS Society.
The money raised funds local programs, services and research, Taloney explained.
"The event itself creates a hope-filled and enjoyable atmosphere for everyone affected by MS while generating a greater awareness of multiple sclerosis to the public."
The April 4 event is a three-mile walk including door prizes, live entertainment by Paul Brady and fun for children with Jumpin G''s. Participants will have lunch provided by Domino''s Pizza and cookies by Pepper''s Deli.
"Walk as an individual or part of a team," Taloney urged. "Be a top fundraiser or volunteer. No matter what you choose, you''ll finish the day with a sense of accomplishment and the satisfaction of knowing you''ve made a difference in the fight against MS."
Participants can register online at www.nationalmssociety.org/msm. For registration and more information, e-mail Taloney at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 662-242-8120.