Lancaster – Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Week is being celebrated around the nation from March 12-14. Many events are planned in the Antelope Valley area to not only raise awareness, but money for research for a cure and direct services for people in the area living with the disease.
- Sunday, March 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – The Xtremintentionz Street Riders Walk MS team will be hosting a barbecue at Rawley Duntley Park. Come by to learn more about multiple sclerosis, to enjoy some food, and to help raise money for the Antelope Valley’s Walk MS.
- Wednesday, March 14 from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. – Cold Stone Creamery at all three Antelope Valley locations will donate portions of sales to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Just mention “MS” at checkout.
- Now through Saturday, March 31 – Sub-machine restaurants in Lancaster and Palmdale are donating 20% of a party’s bill with a flyer (call 661.321.9512 to have a flyer sent to you). As an added incentive, when a flyer has a Walk MS team name at the top, that team will receive a portion of the fundraising total.
There are several other ways to get involved. Ask a local business to support MS Awareness Week by hanging up a sign or asking employees to wear the Society’s signature orange color; spread the word through social media networks; or register a team to participate or volunteer at the Antelope Valley’s biggest fundraising event, Walk MS, taking place Saturday, April 28 at the Lancaster Marketplace.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the body. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with the disease. Symptoms 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. 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 about 19,000 people within the Southern California & Nevada Chapter, 400,000 people in the U.S., and over 2 million worldwide.
(Information via press release from National Multiple Sclerosis Society.)