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Walk MS needs supporters

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A walk to benefit those with multiple sclerosis will take place in just two weeks but organizers are asking for your help now.

Out of 9 MS walks in the state of Georgia, one will take place in Albany and in order for it to be successful coordinators need more supporters and volunteers. Currently, the group has raised $210, 2% of what they hope to gain.

For 2014 Walk MS their goal is to collect $13,000, if reached, 78% will go toward helping families who need financial assistance, conduct new drug research, scholarships for MS students and respite care.

Albany area coordinator Laurie Palmer says this is something that will help those with MS connect with other people in southwest Georgia while removing the stigma that often surrounds the disease. She says often people don't talk about their struggles because they feel uncomfortable.  Palmer feels this walk is what brings people out of those shells.

"One thing that I love is that people living with MS often say that the day of walk MS is their favorite day of the year, " Palmer said. "Even beyond Christmas or different holidays like that they love walk MS because they get to see the support of their friends and family."

Palmer's father was diagnosed with MS back in 2008 and since both have hit some obstacles along the way, but says he is determined and looks forward to the benefit every year.

There's no fee to sign up, supporters can join and donate what they can.

Walk MS begins March 29th at 10am at the Albany Municipal Auditorium

 

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