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Fayetteville Walk MS Aims to Raise $65,000

RALEIGH, N.C. (February 13, 2012) - The Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is excited to invite you to the 2012 Fayetteville Walk MS event on Sunday, April 1 at Honeycutt Park in Fayetteville. Walk MS, an annual fundraiser for over 20 years, is an opportunity for the community to support the estimated 13,500 individuals who are living with multiple sclerosis in our chapter area. The Fayetteville event hopes to raise $65,000 towards the overall Walk MS fundraising goal of $1.2 million.

This year’s event aims to be the largest yet, with over 475 walks anticipated. “The turnout of supporters [in 2011] was fantastic,” says Jeff Furst, President of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Carolinas Chapter. “We appreciate the efforts of everyone who worked so hard to make this event a success, and we look forward to seeing continued fundraising efforts push us closer to our goal.”

Sixty percent of all the funds raised will go toward programs, services and advocacy for people living with MS and 40 percent supports national research to find the cause and cure of MS.

In addition to the 4.75 mile walk route, the event will feature live entertainment, food vendors and kids’ activities. There will be a large team tailgating area where participants can enjoy the day’s festivities with their friends, family and co-workers.

The 2012 Fayetteville Walk MS website allows individuals to create and join teams, register and donate online. For more information or to register, please visit www.WalkingForMS.org or call 1-800 FIGHT MS. Participants are encouraged to recruit friends and family to walk or volunteer as a team at the event.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving. 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 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 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.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society: MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. The Eastern North Carolina Chapter, located in Raleigh, serves the over 5,400 individuals affected by MS in our 49-county area. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS. In 2008 alone, the Society devoted over $136 million to programs that enhanced more than one million lives. The Society also invested nearly $50 million to support 440 research projects around the world. We are people who want to do something about MS NOW. If you or someone you know has MS, please contact the National MS Society today at www.nationalMSsociety.org/nct or 1-800 FIGHT MS to learn about ways to help manage multiple sclerosis and about current research that may one day reveal a cure.