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Dozens take to the Longleaf Trace for Walk MS

Dozens of people walk the Longleaf Trace Saturday to help fight Multiple Sclerosis. Dozens of people walk the Longleaf Trace Saturday to help fight Multiple Sclerosis.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Dozens of Hattiesburg-area residents gathered on the Longleaf Trace Saturday morning to help in the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. About 200 people took part in the annual Walk MS.

Multiple Sclerosis is an often disabling disease of the central nervous system. There are more than 2,400 people living with MS in the Magnolia State.

The fund raising goal for the walk was $15,000.

"Honestly, it's a time where people can rally around what we call our MS Champions, the people who face this every day," said Jan Bell, president of the Alabama/Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. "And it takes a family, it takes a community joining together in this walk, this challenge, until we have a cure," she said.

"So many of the volunteers are here volunteering, but they're also walking for themselves," said Eddie Brown, a volunteer at the event. "They're also for a family member or a friend that is dealing with the disease of MS," he said.

There are a total of six Walk MS events across Mississippi this year. 

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