Get involved in Walk MS: Antelope Valley

Nearly 2,000 resident took part in Walk MS: Antelope Valley 2012. Read more on last year's event here.

Nearly 2,000 resident took part in Walk MS: Antelope Valley 2012. Read more on last year’s event here.

LANCASTER– The National MS Society is gearing up for Walk MS: Antelope Valley and they’re calling on all local residents to participate or volunteer.

The 13th annual event that raises money for multiple sclerosis research and services for local families affected by the disease takes place Saturday, April 27 at the Lancaster Marketplace.

About 1,700 people are expected at the fundraiser, and the goal is to raise at least $110,000.

There are several ways for you to get involved.

Attend the free Walk MS Kick Off Party being held Saturday, February 16, from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm, at the Underground Bowling Lounge at BeX Grill, 706 West Lancaster Boulevard in Lancaster.

If you would like to become involved, but don’t know what is expected or have any questions, this is your chance to hear from National MS Society staff. Find out where the money raised goes, connect with others affected by multiple sclerosis, and enjoy food, fun, bowling and pool. Space is limited. Pre-register by calling 661.321.9512 or emailing

Be part of the planning committee. This volunteer group helps promote Walk MS in the community, and assists in organizing the celebration at the Walk MS finish line. The next meeting is Wednesday, February 20, at 5:30 pm, at the Sub Machine restaurant located at 2064 West Avenue J in Lancaster.

Sign up to volunteer for the actual Walk MS event. You can help with set up, register walkers, monitor the route, hand out snacks on the route, or cheer on the walkers. There’s a place for everyone to help!

Sign up to walk and start fundraising today. Walk MS has two options—a 1K family-fun route or a 5K route. At the finish line will be lunch provided by Rubio’s and BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, beverages from Pepsi and Crystal Geyser, and entertainment by media sponsors KMIX and Que Buena, who are also providing pre-event promotion. To learn more about Walk MS or to sign up as a walker or volunteer, visit or call 661.321.9512.

More on  Multiple Sclerosis

Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system.

Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The advancement, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer toward 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 2.1 million worldwide.

  2 comments for “Get involved in Walk MS: Antelope Valley

  1. James Stouvenel
    February 5, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    the National MS Society is a top notch Organization, dedicated to finding a cure for MS, I have volunteered for them back several years ago on at least 3 walks, and i was in the top 20 for raising money as a walker for the LA metro Area, which includes the Inland Empire, where I used to live, their dedication to removing this disease from our society is never ending, if you know someone diagnosed with MS or have recently been diagnosed yourself give them a call and consider taking part in the walk.

    • Christine Grontkowski
      February 6, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      Thank you so much, James, for the kind words!

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