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Join the walk to raise awareness and funds for multiple sclerosis cure

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week is March 11-17. The MS Society is focusing on building connections - the element multiple sclerosis seeks to destroy. Connections are critical to ending multiple sclerosis.

Raising awareness of multiple sclerosis is a huge job, however, "many hands make a large project small" by talking about MS, sending e-mails to friends and co-workers, inviting others to attend the Park Rapids area MS Support group, and attending the Park Rapids Area MS Walk Sunday, May 5 at Heartland Park are a just a few ways to start the connection moving.

Come to the Multiple Sclerosis Society booth Saturday, March 2 at the Health and Wellness Expo in the Century School to learn more about multiple sclerosis and the MS Walk 2013.

"Walk MS turns 25 years old this May and what a fantastic celebration it would be for our communities to join together in support of the MS Walk," Susan Monsrud said. "Walk MS was first hosted in Minnesota in 1988 and at that time there were no MS drug therapies available to help slow down the progression of MS.

"At present, there are nine MS drugs available," she said.

The MS Society has invested in programs, projects and research for this disabling disease. Many advances have been made and the hope for new and more effective treatments and a future a cure for multiple sclerosis.

Walk MS is an experience where a community joins together to celebrate the progress that has been accomplished, raise awareness of the disease and to raise funds for a cure.

Participation in Walk MS it is a demonstration of commitment to a future with no multiple sclerosis. Thirty-three MS Walks will be held May 5 in the upper Midwest region.

Form a team or register as an individual and help support the Park Rapids Area MS Walk.

For more information and to register call 800-582-5296 and select option 2.

New this year to the MS Walk is the "Team of the Future" for young adults age 13-18. "It would be great to have a huge team of the future at the Park Rapids MS Walk," Monsrud said.