“Events like Walk MS allow us to not only elevate the awareness of this disease that affects our community, but also for those who may be living with MS and unaware that our chapter is here to help them in a variety of ways,” said Becky Lyttle, Vice President of Community Development for the Utah-Southern Idaho Chapter.
“Walk MS is also a tremendous way to honor a loved one living with the disease and to fight back,” said local organizer Christina Hopkinson, whose mother lives with MS. The southern Utah Walk MS event will also be held in tribute of longtime resident and MS advocate, Joe Stallings, who passed away in 2013.
MS is an unpredictable and often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Every 50 minutes in the United States someone is newly diagnosed with more than 400,000 Americans and 2.3 million people worldwide. Utah has one of the highest incidence rates in the country. It is believed one in 300 Utahns is affected.
“The funds raised by walkers and their supporters, and also the awareness generated by each and every conversation participants have leading up to Walk MS, has the power to change the world for people impacted by multiple sclerosis,” added Lyttle. “Every step and every dollar is helping to make a difference.”
Walk MS connects people living with MS and those who care about them. It is an experience unlike any other. A day to come together as a community; celebrate the progress that has been made, and to show the power of connections. Walk to create a world free from multiple sclerosis.
Sign-up at: www.WalkMSutah.org