More than 600 people are expected to raise over $80,000 to stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever at the annual Walk MS Knoxville taking place on April 30 at Sequoyah Hills Park. Walk MS is an opportunity for people living with MS and those who care about them to connect, join together, be inspired and raise critical funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Walk MS Knoxville is where friends, loved ones and co-workers team up to change the world for everyone affected by MS. Participants can choose from a 1 or 3 mile fully accessible routes.
In 2015 alone, more than 315,000 people in nearly 550 locations across the country walked to create a world free of MS, raising nearly $50 million. Since 1988, Walk MS has raised more than $920 million to fund critical research and life-changing services to help people with MS live their best lives.
Katie Van Dyke will be the Grand Marshal for the walk.
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation is the premier national sponsor of Walk MS. Local sponsors include Knox Essential Oils, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Superior Van Mobility, Teva, Biogen, Genzyme and Acorda Therapeutics.
WHEN: Saturday, April 30, registration begins at 9 a.m., walk begins at 10 a.m.
WHERE: Sequoyah Hills Park
1400 Cherokee Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37919
PARTICIPATION/ VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION: Visit www.walkms.org, call 1-855-372-1331 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
EVENT MANAGER: Contact Ashley Binkley by email email@example.com or call 615-690-5355.
WHY: Proceeds raised will support cutting-edge MS research, and life-changing services to help people living with MS live their best lives.
HASHTAGS: #WalkMS and #WalkTogether
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts 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 leading to better understanding and 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 2.3 million worldwide.
About the National MS Society
The Society mobilizes people and resources so that everyone affected by multiple sclerosis can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever.
To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. Last year alone, through our comprehensive nationwide network, the Society devoted $122.2 million to help more than one million individuals connect to the people, information and resources they need. To move closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $54 million to support more than 380 new and ongoing research projects around the world.
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.