Walk MS - Moving Through A Town Near You, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society invites you to walk to create a world free of MS

April 06, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
Become a Fan of our Facebook Page and join us-and thousands of others expected to come out and help raise multiple sclerosis awareness and nearly $600,000. Rain, snow or sunshine - and Walk MS has seen them all - the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter will celebrate Walk MS 2010 in 10 communities across Oregon and SW Washington during two weekends in April. Funds raised will support direct services for over 7,000 people with MS and their families in Oregon and SW Washington, and national MS research to find a cure for this chronic disease of the central nervous system.

"Walk MS is the epitome of community events, with sites and festivities taking place in 10 corners of the Pacific Northwest," says Jennifer Mains, Walk MS Coordinator for the Oregon Chapter. "Though location alone doesn't make an event - passionate participants and truly dedicated Community Walk Captains are the key component to creating hometown Walk MS events that we're so proud of. These volunteer leaders know their neighborhoods, know their walkers, and work so hard to raise awareness and funds for their friends, family and neighbors living with MS."

Walk MS Oregon - 2010 Dates and Locations
All are fully accessible, 5K walk routes, with refreshments and entertainment along the way.
Register individually, as a team, or volunteer for Walk MS at www.walkMSoregon.com or call 800-344-4867.

Saturday, April 10 at 10am Walk MS Corvallis Jackson Plaza, 1st Street and Jackson Avenue
Saturday, April 10 at 10am Walk MS Eugene Alton Baker Park, 501 Day Island Road
Saturday, April 10 at 9 am Walk MS Medford Railroad Park, 779 Berrydale Avenue
Saturday, April 10 at 10am Walk MS Salem Riverfront Park, 101 Front Street NE
Saturday, April 10 at 10 am Walk MS Vancouver, WA Red Lion at the Quay, 100 Columbia St

Saturday, April 17 at 10am Walk MS Bend Les Schwab Amphitheater, 520 SW Powerhouse
Saturday, April 17 at 9am Walk MS Heppner All Saints Episcopal Church, 140 NW Church
Saturday, April 17 at 10am Walk MS Merrill Merrill Presbyterian Church, 210 West Second
Saturday, April 17 at 10am Walk MS Pendleton Roy Raley Park, 1205 SW Court Avenue
Saturday, April 17 at 10am Walk MS Portland Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW Sixth Ave

Stay Connected - Join Walk MS and the Oregon Chapter on Facebook
Our participants are on Facebook, and now, so are we! Because providing timely and relevant information is our priority, the Oregon Chapter has been working hard to stay connected. Become our fan on Facebook (and follow us on Twitter, too!) - for the latest in MS news, updates, event promotions, and to connect with many others in our MS community. Join us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Walk MS
The Pacific Northwest has one of the highest incidence rates of MS in the country-and we don't yet know why. Walk MS is the National MS Society's largest fund raising event, enabling us to reach clients and entire communities, united by a single goal-to walk toward a world free of MS, by raising awareness and valuable funds for client services and MS research. Move with us this Walk MS season, and help us create a world free of MS.

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. Through our home office and 50 state network of chapters, we devote $50 million each year, to programs that enhance more than one million lives. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invests millions more to support 440 research projects around the world. We are people who want to do something about MS NOW. Join the movement at www.defeatMS.com.

Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at www.defeatMS.com or 1-800-344-4867.

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 to 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 more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.5 million worldwide.