Walk MS Set For Today At Allen Park

Hundreds of walkers from the Jamestown area will hit the pavement today, working and walking toward a cure for multiple sclerosis. Approximately 300 walkers are expected to turn out for Walk MS: Jamestown, with a goal of raising $15,500.

The National MS Society is holding Walk MS in 19 communities this spring, with an overall goal of raising $1.4 million for MS research and programs. Funds raised will support direct services for the more than 12,800 people with MS and their families in Upstate New York and research to find a cure for this chronic disease of the central nervous system.

The rate of diagnosis in Western New York is about double the national average. In the Greater Buffalo area, there are more than 3,200 people living with MS. The disease affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed.

Walk MS: Jamestown begins at Allen Park, with registration at 9 a.m. and a kickoff ceremony at 9:55 a.m. People can participate in Walk MS: Jamestown individually or as a team, and can choose between a 1-, 3-, or 5-mile route. Folks can register for Walk MS in advance online, or onsite the day of the event.