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Walk for Multiple Sclerosis to be held April 21 at Herman Park

By Staff Reports
Published in News on April 8, 2012 1:50 AM

The Greater Carolinas chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will sponsor its annual Walk MS event on Saturday, April 21 at Herman Park.

The walk, an annual fundraiser for more than 20 years, is an opportunity for the community to support the estimated 13,500 people living with multiple sclerosis in eastern North Carolina.

The Goldsboro event is expected to help the chapter meet its fundraising goal of $1.2 million.

Last year, more than 5,000 participants raised $800,000 throughout eastern North Carolina.

"The turnout of supporters was fantastic," said Jeff Furst, president of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Carolinas chapter. "We appreciate the efforts of everyone who worked so hard to make this event a success, and we look forward to seeing continued fundraising efforts push us closer to our goal."

Sixty percent of all the money raised will go toward programs, services and advocacy for people living with MS, and 40 percent goes to help support national research to find the cause and cure of MS.

In addition to the three-mile walk, the event will feature live entertainment, food and youth activities.

A large team tailgating area will be available where participants can enjoy the day's festivities with their friends, family and co-workers.

The 2012 Goldsboro Walk MS website allows individuals to create and join teams, register and donate online. For more information, or to register, visit www.WalkingForMS.org or call 1-800 FIGHT MS. Participants are encouraged to recruit friends and family to walk or volunteer as a team at the event.

Walk MS will be held in 14 locations in the Carolinas this spring.