Walk To Create a World Free of MS
Multiple sclerosis affects many West Virginians and their families every year.
The Charleston 2010 Walk MS was scheduled for Saturday, April 17, 2010, provided WV residents an opportunity to contribute to the search for a cure to the debilitating disease.
Walk MS is a nationwide fundraiser and awareness campaign organized by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
In West Virginia, the event raised over $50,000 to support research, advocacy efforts, professional education, and provide services to help individuals affected by MS.
Locally, the group raised over $1,800 from donations in Gilmer County from local businesses and individuals.
The slogan for the local event was “Steppin Out for MS.”
The funds raised locally and across the state are used to support projects and programs throughout the state.
“Our team, was captained by Amanda Bailey and John Segsworth who live in Charleston,” said Shannon Adams of Glenville, who was assisting with the organization of the local walk.
Shannon’s Wife Debby Adams was diagnosed with MS 8 years ago, and since she has been involved with doing something to help with research for a cure.
There were 430 registered to walk, and several walked that weren’t in Charleston.
With the help of these funds major advancements have been made to lessen the effects of the disease.
There are currently six FDA approved therapies with research under way on at least one other therapy. Even with the advancements made though, there is still no cure for multiple sclerosis.
The “Steppin’ Out for MS” team consisted of Shannon and Debby Adams, Nikita Golden, Jessica Jaffre, Emma Bailye and Ashley Minigh from Gilmer county, as well as Amanda Bailye, John Segsworth, Mandee Carroll, Lisa Murphy, Will Oliver and Brittany Neal from the Charleston area.
The team would like to thank all businesses and individuals who made a donation, and if anyone would like to make a donation to the National MS society can go to www.nationalmssociety.org.
“We would also like to thank Normantown Elementary School students, staff and parents for helping to raise $228.28 through a penny war”, Shannon Adams said.
Shannon Said: “The second grade raised the most and will receive a reward from the team at a later date.”
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease of the central nervous system. There is currently no cure for the disease, which affects more than 400,000 Americans. The disease is most commonly diagnosed in individuals between the age of 20 and 50 years old, but has been diagnosed in individuals as young as 2 years old and as old as 75 years old.