Walk MS: San Antonio presented by HEB

San Antonio Walks Together to Help Find a Cure for Multiple Sclerosis
Walk MS: San Antonio, presented by H-E-B Hosted by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, March 2 at AT&T Center

Determined to help in the mission to cure MS, a wave of orange will converge on the AT&T Center as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society hosts Walk MS: San Antonio 2013, presented by H-E-B on March 2. Walk MS: San Antonio is the rallying point of the MS movement, an outlet for a community coming together to raise funds and celebrate hope for the future. Organizers of the event aim to raise nearly $330,000 to help support cutting-edge research and provide programs and services for thousands of Texans impacted by MS.

With one-mile and 5K route options available, Walk MS: San Antonio is great for all ages and offers family-friendly fun, including live entertainment and refreshments.

Participants are also welcome to bring four-legged family members to this dog-friendly event. Registration is free, however, all participants are encouraged to actively fundraise. The dollars raised support promising research to stop disease progression, restore function that has been lost and to end MS forever. Your dollars also help fund local programs for people living with MS right here in our community.  The average participant raises $225 and fundraising prizes are awarded beginning at the $100 level. Online registration is available at walkMStexas.org until 5 p.m. (CST) on March 1. On-site registration and check-in begins at 8 a.m., followed by a 9 a.m. official start time.

“We are dedicated to making this the most successful Walk MS we have organized,” said Tony Ralf, Vice President, Development for the National MS Society in San Antonio. “With the help of our tireless volunteers, experienced staff and amazing community support, we are confident that we will make a lasting impact on the MS movement. We are truly fortunate to have so much support in our communities.”

With the continued support of communities and fundraising events such as Walk MS, the National MS Society has been able to significantly increase the percentage of funds devoted to research, including driving major clinical trials for new MS drugs, boosting financial assistance for families living with MS, and expanding the roster of wellness and exercise programs offered to people with MS.

Visit walkMStexas.org to register, support a walker or volunteer. For additional information, contact the National MS Society office at (210)-694-3201.

At A Glance:
What: Walk MS: San Antonio, presented by H-E-B (Dogs are welcomed)
When: March 2, 2013. 8 a.m. day-of registration, 9 a.m. start time.
Where: The AT&T Center.
Why: To help raise funds in an effort to find a cure and assist families dealing with MS.

About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. 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. MS affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t.   The Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world, and providing programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move forward with their lives.  In 2011 alone, through its national office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society devoted $164 million to programs and services that assisted more than one million people. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $40 million to support more than 325 new and ongoing research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. Join the movement at nationalMSsociety.org.

Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at nationalMSsociety.org or 1-800- 344-4867.