Symptoms of MS range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS.
Valley-based Walk MS events, the rallying point for the multiple sclerosis movement in Arizona, will take place in Phoenix, Glendale and Chandler beginning Saturday, Oct. 12 in the West Valley. Walks also are planned this year in Prescott and Kingman. Complete information about registration, cost, routes, how to start or join a team, sponsorships and volunteer opportunities can be found at www.walkmsarizona.org.
Walks scheduled in the Valley:
• Saturday, Oct. 12 at Westgate City Center, 6770 N. Sunset Blvd.
1-mile route (through Westgate City Center), 2-mile route (continues through Tanger Outlets). Check in is 8 a.m., walk begins at 9 a.m.
• Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden, 455 Galvin Parkway
3-mile route (around the Phoenix Zoo), 5-mile route (continues through Desert Botanical Garden). Check-in begins at 5:30 a.m., walk starts at 6:30 a.m.
• Saturday, Nov. 9 at Desert Breeze Park, 660 North Desert Breeze Blvd., Chandler; 1.5 miles. Check-in is 8 a.m. the walk starts at 9 a.m.
“We have seen an incredible increase in interest from communities across the state to help us raise funds to find a cure and provide expanded services and programs for the estimated 8,000 women, men and children with MS in Arizona,” said Jim Elfline, Arizona Chapter President of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. “Nearly everyone knows someone directly affected or impacted by MS and we know that there are many people in Arizona who don’t know that they may have the disease or where to go if they do. Events like Walk MS and Bike MS help raise awareness about the disease and the support systems that are available.”
Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.5 million worldwide.
For information, go to http://aza.nationalMSsociety.org.