BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Thousands of people will gather at Canalside in Buffalo Saturday morning, May 3rd, for Walk MS, which supports research and patient programs of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Walk MS is the largest annual fundraiser of the National MS Society. The goal is to raise $237,500 to support the many services of the Buffalo chapter. Western New York has one of the highest rates of MS in the entire country.
Walkers will follow a one-mile accessible route from Canalside along the Buffalo waterfront or a four-mile route through the downtown Buffalo area.
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic and unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. It is most often diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50. Symptoms are wide-ranging: blurred vision, poor balance and coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, cognitive problems, paralysis and more.
There is no cure for multiple sclerosis, but because of extensive research over the past 25 years, some of which was pioneered here in Buffalo, there are now several FDA-approved medications that can slow the progress of the disease and help people manage the symptoms.
This is the 25th annual Walk MS. Channel 4 has been a proud sponsor from the beginning!