Story last updated at 5/20/2009 - 11:05 am
JUNEAU - The MS Walk will return to Juneau on Saturday, May 23. Capital City Rotaract is hosting Juneau's annual fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the group invites everyone to come to the Brotherhood Bridge trailhead to make strides for curing MS with family, friends, and fellow community champions in a one mile walk and 5K fun run. Capital City Rotaract, an under-30 community service group, couldn't pass up the chance to carry on Peggy Ann McConnochie's fine tradition of local support for a cure, and the group hopes you won't either. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the walk/run starts at 10 a.m. Stop by Foggy Mountain, JRC the Alaska Club, Pavitt Fitness, or Nugget Alaska Outfitter to pick up a registration packet, or register paper-free at walkMS.org.
"Here at home, many Alaskans are five times as likely to be affected by MS than people elsewhere. This is a disease that is close to home for Alaska," said Marc Guevarra, president of Capital City Rotaract. "We are proud to be working and walking alongside Juneau residents and those from five other communities across our great state."
Attacking the central nervous system - brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves - Multiple Sclerosis affects about 400,000 people across the US, and as many as 3 million people worldwide. While MS is thought to be an autoimmune disease, symptoms are unpredictable and can vary from person to person. Advancements in understanding this disease are made every year.
"We're starting the Juneau MS Walk at Brotherhood Bridge Trail, but we're hoping to end with a world free of MS," said Guevarra.
All proceeds go to research toward advancing diagnosis, treatment, and ultimately a cure for MS.
For more information, contact Marc Guevarra at 321-2261.