LANCASTER – Walk MS: Antelope Valley is just over two weeks away. Over 700 people to date have joined the movement to end the disease that stops people from moving. But, the National MS Society, Southern California & Nevada Chapter needs your help to reach its $110,000 goal for MS research and direct services to help hundreds of local families affected by the disease.
If you haven’t signed up for the April 27 fundraiser taking place at the Lancaster Marketplace, it’s time to get moving!
About 1,500 people are expected at the fundraiser. Check-in starts at 8 a.m. Before the opening ceremonies at 9:30 a.m., you can enjoy Super Donuts, bagels provided by the local Sam’s Club, and coffee.
At 10 a.m., walkers will take off for either a 5K or 1K family-friendly route. Rest stops stocked with snacks from Trader Joe’s – Palmdale and Wal-Mart store 2950 will be placed along the way to keep you going.
Several local businesses are making generous donations for the finish line celebration being held after the walk to thank the community for its support of people affected by MS. Rubio’s, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Frito-Lay, and Pepsi-Mojave will be serving up lunch. The University of Antelope Valley will be providing a massage tent, John Barone from sponsor High Desert Broadcasting will be playing music.
There will also be a kids block with fun activities, along with an opportunity drawing for a chance to win prizes, such as admission to Universal Studios, tickets for L.A. Dodgers and Lancaster Jethawks baseball, shows at LPAC, and many more gift certificates and items donated by local restaurants and businesses.
Walk MS is presented by Wells Fargo. Other sponsors include Northrop Grumman, Acorda, Teva, SoCal Gas, and Sam’s Club.
To learn more about Walk MS or to sign up, visit www.WalkToEndMS.org or call 661.321.9512.
About 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.
(Information via press release from the National MS Society.)