Walk MS: Toledo set for April 10Written by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
More than 1,300 area residents are expected to hit the streets for the 2011 Walk MS: Toledo on April 10, according to event coordinators.
Walk MS Director Karen Moore is confident this year’s walk will surpass the 1,387 people who participated last year.
The annual event, now in its 22nd year, raises money for the Northwestern Ohio Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
“Our vision statement sums it up best,” Moore said. “It’s the rallying portion of the MS movement and the community coming together not only to raise funds but to celebrate hope for the future.”
Toledo’s walk is the largest of the seven Walk MS sites hosted by the chapter. The other locations are Allen County, Defiance, Findlay, Lorain County, Richland County and Sandusky.
Last year’s seven walks raised more than $300,000.
Funds go toward finding a cure as well as treatment and programs for people living with MS, including more than 3,400 people in Northwest Ohio, said Tricia Courtney Tischler, director of media.
The official start time is 9 a.m., but participants can start anywhere between 8 and 10 a.m. to accommodate their schedules, Tischler said.
The route begins at the University of Toledo Health Education Building, 2801 W. Bancroft St., and winds through campus and scenic parts of West Toledo and Ottawa Hills.
Walkers can choose a 1-mile, 5-mile or 10-mile route, with plenty of rest stops, food and festivities.
“People can walk as far as they want or as short as they want,” Tischler said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet other families affected by MS and a great chance to get involved and give back to the community and to a large portion of that community that is living with an illness that there is no cure for.”
Participants are encouraged to pre-register at www.nationalMSsociety.org/oho or by calling 1-800-FIGHT-MS. Registration is also available 8 to 10 a.m. the day of the walk.