BUFFALO, NY (WIVB)- Close to 2,000 participants gathered at Canalside in Buffalo Saturday morning for Walk MS — expected to be the biggest fundraising walk yet to help fund the research and local patient programs of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Organizers had hoped to raise $237,000 during the Walk which featured many teams wearing colorful shirts and hats designed in support of a family member or friend living with multiple sclerosis.
Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic and unpredictable disease of the central nervous system which produces a wide range of symptoms which can include blurred vision, poor balance, difficulty walking, tremors, extreme fatigue and paralysis. Patients are usually diagnosed as young adults between the ages of 20 and 50.
Western New York has one of the highest rates of MS in the country, and no one is quite sure why. Western New York is also home to pioneering research which is helping to unlock the secrets of this mysterious illness and find new treatments.
Walk MS began Saturday under gray, rainy conditions, but within a short time the rain cleared and the sun began to shine. News 4 has been a proud sponsor of Walk MS from the beginning. News 4’s Jacquie Walker was there this morning to kick off the Walk as she has for the past 25 years.