For those walking in the 2015 Christopher & Banks Twin Cities Multiple Sclerosis Walk May 3, the day turned into more than just an annual fundraising event. The sun was out, the energy was high, and the walk was a great way to connect people living with MS with those who care about them.
Moms walked their babies in strollers, kids walked with their folks, and neighbors walked with neighbors. Some wore t-shirts that said ‘Team Nancy’, ‘Dream Team’ or ‘Tingling Tootsies.’ One woman carried a sign that read ‘I have MS. MS does not have me.’ Another walker’s said ‘Don’t ever give up.’ Our team wore white shirts with the Benchmark logo.
Team Benchmark brought 53 walkers who raised $22,830 to help provide services and resources to over 17,000 people living with MS in the Twin Cities area. The total raised at this year’s walk at Minnehaha Park was $846,189. A Benchmark team has participated in the event for nine years.
Coincidentally, the first Walk MS took place in Minneapolis in 1988, raising $216,000. Today, Walk MS raises over $50 million nationally, and that’s just the beginning of the investment in working toward a world free of MS.
Walk MS has helped fuel research that leads to more therapies and treatments today than any other time in history. When the walk began in 1988, no disease-modifying therapies were available. Now there are 15. Now there are options at every stage.
Just shy of its goal this year, Walk MS has extended the fundraising period until June 30. Please support those who live with the complications of this disease, and their families. MS affects everyone involved.
When you make your donation, you can also register for prizes. Visit: walkmnm.nationalmssociety.org
If you have an interest in participating in next May’s walk, do let us know so we can include you in our plans. Your support is monumental. Help us walk the Walk.
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