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Locals ready to walk for MS cure

4/4/2014

By ELIZABETH GOLDEN

egolden@dailynews.net

Fifty-six people in Ellis County are living with multiple sclerosis, a disease that attacks the central nervous system.

Hosted by a group of Leadership 310 students and the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the second annual Walk MS will be April 12.

During the course of the semester, the five-member leadership team has been raising funds and creating the event's schedule.

"The event last year was also planned by leadership students," said sophomore Deleon Stephen. "We took their steps, but we have different roles. They already had a date set; we chose the location."

The leadership group is hoping 100 people sign up and $3,500 is raised. Stephen said they already have collected 73 percent of the goal by asking various local businesses for donations.

"All donations go toward helping to find a cure," Stephen said. "They don't know the common cause, so donations go toward helping those with MS."

The majority of funds raised are dedicated to those specifically in Ellis County.

"We are accepting donations from businesses and individuals," said FHSU senior Sutton Sanders. "But the primary purpose of the walk is to raise awareness."

Sanders chose the project because she identified with the issue through personal connections.

"This is something I knew I could contribute to," Sanders said. "I've known people with MS. I grew up with that, so I felt this connected with me on a personal level."

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. April 12 at Aubel-Bickel Park, followed by the ribbon cutting and walk at 10:30 a.m. If weather permits, the walk will be 3.2 miles and is scheduled to take an hour. Drinks and snacks will be provided, and a raffle will take place.

"I've enjoyed every moment of the planning," Stephen said. "It's fun to see it all coming together. I can't wait."