North Alabama Walkers Invited to “Join the Movement” to Create a World Free From MS

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Walk MS: Huntsville luncheon attendees were asked to raise their hands if they or someone they know are affected by Multiple Sclerosis.

Walk MS: Huntsville luncheon attendees were asked to raise their hands if they or someone they know are affected by Multiple Sclerosis.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Registration is now open for Walk MS: Huntsville, an annual fundraising event that helps support programs and services for the more than 6,300 families affected by multiple sclerosis in Alabama and Mississippi.

The local chapter held a kickstarter luncheon today at the Best Western Motel in Madison to get folks fired up about raising money and awareness for MS research and advocacy. The first good sign of things to come: the dining room was filled to capacity with those affected by MS along with their family members and friends.

“When people come and participate in the walk they’re actually helping hundreds of thousands of people across the United States,” says Heath Campbell who has participated in the local MS walk every year since he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998.

While walkers are setting personal fundraising goals, scientists at Huntsville’s HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology are busy working on new therapies for MS.

“It is fantastic that there are treatments available ¬†– when I was diagnosed there were 3 treatments and two years before that there were zero,” Campbell says. “I’ve been on a daily injection ever since and HudsonAlpha being here doing the research is so important to help us come out with new therapies.”

Today, there are 10 treatment therapies for MS. With your support, who knows what the future may hold.

Walk MS has become a rallying point of the MS movement, creating a community of shared commitment determined to end MS, and unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.

Walk MS: Huntsville will be held Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Huntsville Botanical Gardens. Check-in will begin at 8a.m. and the walk will start at 9:30. there is no registration fee to participate, but walkers are encouraged to set a personal fundraising goal of at least $100.

For additional information or to register, click here or call the Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at 1-800-FIGHT MS.

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