National MS Awareness Week Highlights Work to Find a Cure

Walk MS, Bike MS and Finish MS Events Support Fundraising Efforts

DULUTH, Minn. – People around the world are working to change the lives of those living with Multiple Sclerosis.

This week, March 11 – 17, is National MS Awareness Week.

Multiple Sclerosis is when the body’s immune system attacks the central nervous system, distorting and interrupting nerve impulses to and from the brain producing a wide variety of symptoms.

Over 17,000 people are living with MS in Upper Midwest Chapter service area.

Bruce Ansell, the Walk MS Coordinator and MS Society volunteer, explained MS doesn’t happen to just individuals, it also affects families.

To get support and resources for anyone affected by MS, call an MS Navigator at 800-344-4867.

The MS Society works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS by providing programs, support, resources, and connections and raises funds for critical MS research and treatments to stop disease progression and ultimately end MS forever.

Several events are coming up this summer for the public to support the MS Society.

The first is Walk MS which is happening on the Duluth Lakewalk on Saturday, May 5 at 9 a.m.

It will be starting and finishing at the Hampton Inn on Canal Park Drive.

To register or learn more head to walkms.org.

The next event is Bike MS 150 which is taking place June 8 – 10.

The ride begins at Proctor High School and ends at Century College in White Bear Lake.

To register or learn more head to bikems.org.

Additionally, Finish MS, at Grandma’s Marathon and Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon, is on Saturday, June 16th.

Runners in Grandma’s Marathon or the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon can run for MS. Although the half marathon is full, there are still spaces available if ran for the MS Society.

To learn more head to grandmasmarathon.com/get-involved/charity-partners.

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