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Walk will raise multiple sclerosis funds, awareness

4/2/2013

By DAWNE LEIKER

By DAWNE LEIKER

dleiker@dailynews.net

Eric Hymer has a personal reason for wanting to work with his leadership studies team for the benefit of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

"Most of the people on our team had known somebody with MS, one way or another," said Hymer, a sophomore from Overland Park. "For me, personally, it was a project I wanted to do because my grandma had MS and passed away five years ago."

Hymer and classmates Kimberly Weber, a Hoxie senior, Isaiah Shepard, a Concordia senior, and Cesar Garcia, a Larned sophomore, all members of a leadership studies service learning class, are organizing the inaugural Walk MS: Hays. The event will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Aubel-Bickle Park, 30th and Sherman Ave. Some advertisements for the event incorrectly listed the date.

"It's still just very hard on my family," Hymer said. "I had only known her (his grandmother) in a wheelchair and not having the use of her left arm."

Having participated in MS walks in the Kansas City area, Hymer said he has seen the benefit of connections made and support given by individuals during the events.

Funds will go to the National MS Society. Online registration is available at walkksg.nationalmssociety.org.

More information is available by calling Hymer at (913) 231-7538 or emailing ekhymer@yahoo.com.