On Sunday, April 24, nearly 1,300 residents from the De Pere area will join more than 2,300 people throughout the state walking for a world free of multiple sclerosis (MS).
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness, cognitive issues and paralysis. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease.
The De Pere walk will take place at West De Pere High School, 655 Grant St.
Check-in and on-site registration begins at 9 a.m. The walk will have staggered start times shortly before 10 a.m. Participants will be able to choose a one- or three-mile route beginning and ending at the high school.
The goal is to raise $127,000 from the De Pere walk. Proceeds support MS-related research and services. There is no registration fee for Walk MS but donations and fundraising are encouraged.
Walk MS will take place in 20 Wisconsin cities throughout 2016 with a goal of raising $1.5 million. More than 11,000 children, women and men in the state have been diagnosed with MS, believed to be one of the higher prevalence rates in the nation.
Learn more at www.nationalMSsociety.org.