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In an effort to help spread awareness of Multiple Sclerosis, an unpredictable disease that often disables the 04-02-14-walk.gifcentral nervous system and disrupts the ؀ow of information within the brain and body, the Sandhills chapter of Walk MS is asking that the people of the Fayetteville community come together for a walk that will connect people living with MS and those who care about them. It will be an experience unlike any other — a day to celebrate the progress made by the Sandhills chapter of Walk MS. Scheduled for Sunday, April 6, the walk begins at 352 Devers Street at 2 p.m., with a check-in and registration time of 1 p.m.

Walk MS has fundraising programs in place and the funds its members raise give hope to people living with MS in the Fayetteville community. These efforts help to support the many programs and services provided by the National MS Society for people living with MS in the Fayetteville community, as well as fund critical MS research. There are currently more than 14,600 people living with MS in the Carolinas.

The success of Walk MS is directly related to the volunteers that help make the event a great experience. Walk MS welcomes volunteers with a wide range of skills, talents, abilities and interests. Anyone who registers as a volunteer online will receive the same fundraising tools that Walk MS walkers enjoy and will be eligible for the same great prizes.

Some examples of available volunteer positions are: greeters, photographers, medical supporters, finish line celebrators and more.

Although registering as an individual is highly encouraged, participating in a Walk MS event is more fun when an individual is part of a team. Members of a team get to share the experience of connecting with friends, family, coworkers, neighbors and anyone that wants to put an end to MS forever.

Teams get to reserve a spot for Team Village, a central location where team members have easy access to the entertainment, food and fun at Walk MS. Team members get to bring a tent, cooler, games, drinks and food. It is the perfect location to hang out and celebrate with teammates before and after the walk.

With a fundraising goal of $50,000.00, the Sandhills chapter of Walk MS has raised 33 percent of its goal and is currently at $16,708.00. The top individual fundraiser is ‘Vivian Smith’ with $1,020.00 and the top fundraising team is ‘Walking 4 All’ with $2,727.00. There are 13 therapies approved by the FDA and $820M in research funding to date.

To register for the walk, connect with others, begin fundraising, or learn more, contact Monica Tierney at (919) 792-1020/ monica.tierney@nmss.org, Diane Hartley at (919) 792-1014/ diane.hartley@nmss.org, or visit http://walknct.nationalmssociety.org.

To register for the event, visit http://walknct.nationalmssociety.org. There are many ways to register for the event. Anyone can register as an individual, start a team, join a team or register as a volunteer.

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