"We have seen an incredible increase in interest from communities across the state to help us raise funds to find a cure and provided expanded services and programs for an estimated 8,000 women, men, and children in Arizona," says Jim Elfine, Arizona Chapter President for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
MS is a disease that affects the body's central nervous system by interrupting blood flow from the brain to the body, preventing free movement. About 400,000 Americans have the disease, which can cause blindness and paralysis. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50. Twice as many women than men are diagnosed with MS.
Walks are scheduled at the following sites:
- Saturday, October 12. Westgate City Center, 6770 N. Sunset Blvd. is hosting two walks, a one-mile trek through the complex and a two-mile hike that goes through Tangier Outlets. Check in starts at 8 a.m. and walks kickoff at 9 a.m.
- Saturday, November 2. Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden, 455 Galvin Parkway is hosting two walks. Choose a three-mile stroll through the zoo or a five-mile route that goes on to cover the gorgeous Desert Botanical Garden. Check-in begins at 5 a.m. and walking starts at 6:30 a.m.
- Saturday, November 9, Desert Breeze Park, 660 North Desert Breeze Blvd, Chandler. Check-in for a 1.5-mile walk starts at 8 a.m. and the walks takes off at 9 a.m.
Mohave Community College at 1971 Jagerson Avenue, Kingman, is hosting a walk Saturday, November 2. Check-in for this one-mile walk begins at 9:30 a.m. and walking starts at 10:30 a.m. Yavapai College in Prescott hosted one- and two-mile walks last weekend.
For more information about MS Walks and other fundraising MS-related events in the Valley, contact Lisa Cleary, Senior Development Manger. Contact Lynette Baker, Community Development Manager, for information on events in Northern Arizona communities