Published DateLACONIA — Hundreds of residents from Laconia and Northern New Hampshire are coming together on May 11, for Walk MS, presented by Biogen Idec.
Organized by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, fundraising by Walk MS participants helps individuals and families address the challenges of living with multiple sclerosis. The five-mile route starts and finishes at Opechee Park, 867 Main Street in Laconia. Check-in opens at 9 a.m., and the official start is 10 a.m. There are more than 2,500 people in New Hampshire known to have MS, which can dramatically impact the lives of as many as seven family members for each person diagnosed. People affected by MS count on the National MS Society to provide MS education, support, advocacy, and services, and to fund cutting-edge research and treatment to stop disease progression, restore lost function, and end MS for future generations.
Each walker, 12-years-old and above, is required to raise at least $25. T‑shirts are awarded for at least $100 in fundraising, but historically walkers easily average above $200. And, there are prizes for higher levels of fundraising. Family members and coworkers have fun forming teams, who walk and fundraise together in support of a loved one with MS. Teams and individual walkers can register online, www.walkMSgne.org, to take advantage of e‑fundraising tools.
Donations in support of walkers and teams may be made online, at walkMSgne.org. Click 'Donate', select "New Hampshire, Laconia 'Donate/ePledge'", and enter the individual or team you want to support.
Of the many sponsors that make Walk MS possible each year, our most loyal and generous are Biogen Idec, EMD Serono & Pfizer, Bernie & Phyl's Furniture, Data Associates, Patients Like Me, Acorda Therapeutics, WMUR TV9, and Pure Protein.
Additional Walk MS events take place May 4 in Nashua and May 5 in North Conway, plus there are fall walks in Gorham (Sept. 14) and Keene (Sept. 29). And the MS Journey of Hope takes place September 29 at Abbot-Downing Elementary School, also on Sept. 29. Find details at walkMSgne.org.