SUISUN CITY — A walk to fight multiple sclerosis drew about 400 people to the Suisun City waterfront, Saturday.
The Walk MS is a rallying point of the MS movement, creating a community of shared commitment determined to end MS, according to a press release from Walk MS: Northern California.
“Our goal this year is to raise $1.67 million, that is over the course of 13 different races throughout Northern California in the next two weekends,” said Robert Pinnix, Director of Development.
Last year they raised $1.65 million, which goes to help fund research toward the goal of curing the disease of multiple sclerosis.
“In Solano County the goal was to raise $58,778, funds raised will support more than 12,000 people with MS,” Pinnix said.
Multiple sclerosis disrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body which in turn stops people from being able to move. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis, according to Walk MS.
Outrun MS, a volunteer organization, spearheaded the walk in Solano County by getting together donations and materials for the location walk.
“This is the third year in a row that we have come out here and done this,” said volunteer Will Telfer.
Telfer has a couple of uncles who suffered from MS.
“I saw first-hand how this disease affects people,” he said.
Zearah Tyson, a student at the Oakland School for the Arts, came and sang the national anthem.
“I was really glad I could do this today. I am out here supporting my sister and nephew, both have MS.”
Her aunt, Uverda Harry, also suffers from the systemic disorder of lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Confined to a wheelchair, Harry also came out in support of her family.
“I can’t be out in the sun long because of my medication, but I wanted to show my support today,” she said.
Harry has a masters degree and works with seniors and is an active member of her church.
“Its important to stay active. You can’t let this get you down,” Harry said.
There will be more walks next weekend including two walks on Saturday at Downey Community Park in Modesto and Vasona Park in the Silicon Valley. On Sunday, there will be walks at Sutter Street Plaza in Folsom, Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco, Maria Carrillo High School in Santa Rosa and Heather Farms Park in Walnut Creek.
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