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Editorial Walk for MS awareness this Sunday in PR

A local chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society is raising awareness of Multiple Sclerosis in order to stop the disease.

Walk MS: Park Rapids is this Sunday, May 5. More than 100 walkers are expected to come out and help raise money for research. Walk MS: Park Rapids is one of 33 walk events throughout Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and western Wisconsin.

This is a great opportunity to support those who live with MS.

Dollars raised will support programs and services for more than 17,000 people with MS and their families in the Upper Midwest Chapter area and will fund cutting‐edge research to stop the disease in its tracks, restore lost function and create a world free of MS.

Participants in Walk MS: Park Rapids – which starts and ends at Heartland Trail ­– can choose a one‐, two‐ or five‐ mile route. People can take part in the event individually or as a team.

Check‐in is from 11 a.m. to noon. Walkers can begin walking at noon.

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.

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 at least two to three times more women than men diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide.

Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA‐approved therapy can make a difference for many people with MS.

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Consider donating and walking Sunday to make a difference for those living with MS. It is a worthwhile cause.