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Walk MS to raise money for over 3,000 area residents
LOUDONVILLE -- More than 1,300 people gathered Sunday morning to walk to find a cure for multiple sclerosis.
New York State Assemblyman John McDonald and US Congressman Paul Tonko will be joint kick-off speakers for Walk MS Albany. As well, the event will be MC'ed by CBS 6's Dori Marlin. The National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter hopes to raise about $200,000 from the fundraiser at The Crossings of Colonie, and $1.4 million overall from Walk MS, which is happening in 19 Upstate communities in May.
Donations support services for the more than 12,800 people with MS and their families across Upstate New York and research to find a cure for this chronic disease of the central nervous system. In the Capital District alone, there are more than 3,400 people living with MS. The rate of MS diagnosis in Upstate New York is about double the national average. The disease affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed.