Walk MS is a nationwide rallying point to help raise critical funds that support cutting edge research, drive change through advocacy, facilitate professional education and provide programs and services to help people with MS move their lives forward.
In a show of support, each year thousands of loved ones, friends, and neighbors throughout Delaware — from Wilmington's Riverfront to Sussex County's Baywood Greens — lace up and step out in solidarity, with hopes of creating a world free of MS.
"The turnout and support from our participants at Walk MS has been incredible," said Emilee Keyser, the Delaware Chapter's event manager. "Last year we raised over a quarter million dollars to help out the 1,550 Delawareans currently living with multiple sclerosis. We're able to raise this money because all of our participants are so committed to the same goal-finding a cure for MS. If you share our goal, we hope that you will join the movement this year by walking, volunteering or recruiting others."
Walk MS dates
Wilmington Riverfront Walk: registration starts at 8 a.m. Walk kicks-off at 9 a.m.
Historic Dover Walk: registration starts at 9 a.m. Walk kicks off at 10 a.m.
University of Delaware Walk: registration starts at 9 a.m. Walk kicks-off at 10 a.m.
Twilight at Heritage Shores: registration starts at 5 p.m. Walk kicks-off at 6 p.m.
Twilight at Baywood Greens: registration starts at 5 p.m. Walk kicks-off at 6 p.m.
To register for any of these walks visit delawarewalk.org or call 655-5610. Walks are approximately two-to-three mile courses. You can join as an individual, join a team or create a team. If you raise at least $100, you'll receive a free Walk MS t-shirt.
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 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 at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and over 2.1 million worldwide.
About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn't. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS. In 2011 alone, through our national office and 50-state network of chapters, we devoted $164 million to programs and services that improved the lives of more than one million people.
To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $40 million to support more than 325 new and ongoing research projects around the world. We are people who want to do something about MS now. Join the movement at nationalMSsociety.org. In Delaware, call 655-5610 or visit MSdelaware.org.