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Walk MS to be held May 1

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The second annual Park Rapids Walk MS (multiple sclerosis) will be held Sunday, May 1, rain or shine.

Registration will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. The walk begins at the Heartland Park Shelter and follows the paved Heartland Trail.

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Walkers choose their distance. Mile markers will be placed at one, two and five miles.

In the event of inclement weather, registration will be held in the Riverside United Methodist Church gymnasium and the walk will be in the gymnasium and the halls.

The mission of Park Rapids Walk MS is to raise awareness and funds for people in our community affected by MS.

The goal for this year's Park Rapids Walk MS is to raise $21,000 to create a world free of MS. Last year's Park Rapids Walk MS raised $19,785.

Money raised from Park Rapids Walk MS goes toward programs and services for people in our community living with MS and their families as well as research.

An MS support group meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at St. Joseph's Area Health Services.

More than 138 walkers and volunteers are expected to participate in Park Rapids Walk MS.

Walk MS is the rallying point of the movement to end multiple sclerosis, a community coming together to raise funds and celebrate hope for the future.

Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is 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 closer to an MS-free world.

Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women than men affected by the disease.

More than 400,000 people in the United States and 2.5 million worldwide live with MS.

MS stops people from moving. The national MS Society exists to make sure it doesn't.

The society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world and providing programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.

For information on Walk MS or any MS-related topic, call 800-582-5296 or visit the website at walkMS.org or MSsociety.org. Or go on Facebook at WalkMSMinnesota.

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