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Hundreds of walkers turn out for MS

Several hundred walkers and volunteers from the Salisbury area united Saturday to take another step in the movement against multiple sclerosis.
Finishing just before rain started, they walked 3 miles to promote awareness of multiple sclerosis (MS) and raised more than $21,000 in the process. This total sets a new record for the walk.
The Mid-Atlantic Chapter will host MS Walks in 19 communities across North and South Carolina in the spring of 2008, including the walk in Salisbury. The chapter serves 33 counties of North Carolina, as well as the entire state of South Carolina, by hosting local programs for people living with MS and by raising money for national and international MS research.
For information about Salisbury Walk MS 2009 or other MS events, call 704-525-2955 or visit http://walkncp.nationalmssociety.org.
MS is a chronic, unpredictable neurological disease that most often strikes otherwise healthy adults generally between the ages of 20-50. MS can cause blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis and blindness. These problems may be permanent, or they may come and go.
Studies show that early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can reduce future disease activity and improve quality of life for many people with multiple sclerosis. Talk to your health care professional and contact the National MS Society at www.nationalmssociety.org or 1-800-FIGHT-MS to learn about ways to help manage multiple sclerosis and about current research that may one day reveal a cure.

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