MS walk to raise awareness, money

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By Robbie Ward/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Supporters of the Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will walk Saturday at Ballard Park to bring awareness and raise money to fight the disease.
Money from Tupelo Walk MS will support services for more than 2,300 people in the state with multiple sclerosis and fund research for a cure to the chronic disease.
Commonly diagnosed to people ages 20 to 40 but can occur at any age, symptoms from the disease can range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis.
The annual event offers one-, two- and three-mile route options for participants.
While check-in begins at 8 a.m. and the walk starts at 9, no registration fee is required at the event, although people are encouraged to set a personal fundraising goal, said Robin Rae Burns, a spokeswoman for the organization.
Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in August, Sade Harris, 27, a registered nurse with two young children, will attend with family and co-workers. She said symptoms experienced have made her nervous but keeps a positive attitude.
“I’m not going to let it define me,” Harris said. “I’m still going to be Sade, and not Sade with M.S.”
robbie.ward@journalinc.com