Walk MS San Angelo 2016 kicked off Saturday morning at the Kirby Park, 1401 Edmund Blvd.
According to Lyndee Klein, Development Manager for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, this was the third walk for MS so far this season in the West Texas area. The last walk will take place May 7 in Lubbock.
“Although our office is in Lubbock, we also cover Midland, Odessa, San Angelo and El Paso and I come out here yearly to give teams fundraising tips and to help with the planning of the event,” Klein said.
This year Walk MS San Angelo 2016 is presented by Sam’s club, and it is a time for those living with MS and their family and friends to come together and rally together. Prior to the walk at 10 a.m. participants could mingle with other families with MS, get more information about MS at the resource booths and enjoy some refreshments.
“It gives them hope for the future that we will eventually find a way to end MS,” Klein said.
Walk MS is a large fundraising event to help those living with MS.
“We have record high registration this year, and fundraising is doing amazing as well,” Klein said.
Seventy-eight cents of each dollar that the society raise at these fundraisers goes back to those living with MS, in form of continuous research, new drugs and getting them closer to find a cure to MS.
“We also have a Provost and Service Department where we are able to financial assist those who qualify. For example, if somebody’s air-conditioning runs out during the summer, they can apply for assistance and we can help them pay for a new one. Heat is a really negative factor for those living with MS” Klein explained.
Additionally, the MS society have full time counselors on staff, several other programs and services and a scholarship to help graduating seniors personally affected by MS finish their degrees.
The funds raised at each MS event across the country go toward helping everyone living with MS in the United States, not just locally.
According to Klein their goal was to have at least 300 people attending the event Saturday, which she said they have definitely reached. At least 230 people were registered online the night before, and somewhere around 75 people registered on the day of the event.
For more information about Walk MS and how to donate, visit Walk MS: San Angelo 2016.