An estimated 2.3 million people are affected by Multiple Sclerosis worldwide, that’s according to the National MS Society.
Saturday morning, people walked at Presque Isle to support finding a cure.
Around 800 people showed their support walking to raise money for research, programs and to support those living with Multiple Sclerosis.
Colleen Gross says, “We’re stronger together, that’s our motto this year. So the more people we get involved, the more awareness we create, the more money we raise to help create a world free of MS.”
Colleen Gross with the National MS Society says the goal was to raise more than $90,000 dollars this year.
Money that will help the programs offered to those living with ms and their families as well as research.
Gross says, “Medications and research are out there to help people live comfortably until a cure is found.”
Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson says he spent 30 years working in rehabilitation services, many of them with MS patients.
He says he’s seen the progress made in research over the years thanks to events like this walk.
Congressman Thompson says, “It’s about support. It’s about being there for your neighbors, people who find themselves in difficult circumstances because of this disease. And it’s really a family event. When you look at the people who are here, these are families that have all come together into one family.”
Our Tom Atkins and Alex Peterson also participated in this year’s MS Walk.
Those living with ms that were in attendance the walk say it warms their heart to see so many people supporting the cause.
Maureen Jackson says, “It is overwhelming when you see so many people that come out to help all of us who live with MS.”
Jackson was diagnosed with MS in 2003
Jackson says, “I started with some numbness and i would trip and i would fall and it slowly progressed to a point where I’m just very tired. But it’s not going to beat me. I am going to keep doing everything i can to fight this MS.”
She’s participated in 13 MS Walks.
Her message: “Don’t give up. Keep fighting.”
Gross says around 15,000 people diagnosed with MS are registered with Pennsylvania Keystone Chapter of the MS Society, which covers 56 counties.
She says that doesn’t include the people who aren’t registered.