MS Walk


The following information can be found on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s (NMSS) web site.  I add it here because ending multiple sclerosis is vital to me as well as the estimated 2.3 million others worldwide.  One of the most frustrating things for me is the high incidence of misdiagnosis.  It took doctors 30 years to find mine.  Others may not wait that long to get the right diagnosis, but many others have to suffer through a long and frustrating process.  Many MS’ers that I know were first told they had a brain tumor.  Wow–having MS is a relief!!

For me, finally getting the right diagnosis was a relief that I wasn’t going crazy!!  Then I immersed myself in as much information I could find.  I recently wrote a book, Fearless, where I chronicle my struggle through the resulting grief.

I have participated in the MS Walk in Washington state (Fun fact–it was located on the park adjacent to the site of the 2015 PGA US Open, Chambers Bay) and here in North Carolina.  I can’t physically do the walk, but I can help with registration and cheering others on!!  Our local walk is this Sunday at Fletcher Park in Fletcher, NC.  If you wish to donate, I can point you in the right direction.

From NMSS:

Walk MS helps us team up with friends, loved ones and co-workers to change the world for everyone affected by MS. Together, we become a powerful force. And with every step we take, every dollar we raise…we’re that much closer. Together, we will end MS forever.

  • The National MS Society is the largest private funder of MS research in the world, leading to discoveries that have transformed treatment and care.
  • People affected by MS have access to around-the-clock information, support, and resources from the National MS Society to help them live their best lives.
  • Advances in understanding the complex symptoms of MS have resulted in effective new ways to address them and ease the challenges of living with MS.

Walk MS is a charity walk series that takes place in over 550 locations with more than 300,000 people participating annually. We’ve been walking since 1988 and to-date have raised more than $970 million to drive groundbreaking research, provide life-changing services, and guarantee a supportive community for those who need it most. When you participate in Walk MS, you are helping create a world free of multiple sclerosis. Together, we become a powerful force. Together, we will end MS forever.

How Walk MS Works

Each walk is fully-accessible, includes multiple distance options (including a one-mile route option), and features support for walkers by our outstanding volunteers. Walk MS is also the perfect place to connect to the services and support offered by the National MS Society. Now is a great time to find a Walk near you!

6 thoughts on “MS Walk

  1. Your participation in registration is just as important as actually walking. My step-dad had MS, he deteriorated with it, he did nothing to fight it. He also had COPD and that is what eventually took his life. His once vibrant life went to a completely sedentary life of Gunsmoke and The Rifleman. He wasted away. It was sad.


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