HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is hosting its annual Walk MS-Hattiesburg on Saturday, Apr. 26 at Hattiesburg's Longleaf Trace.
Organizers of the event hope to raise $20,000 for research and awareness campaigns.
Tuesday, the chapter held a kick-off lunch for the walk at the Longleaf Trace's Community Room.
"The Alabama-Mississippi Chapter has more than 6,300 persons that are registered as having MS," said Tuwanna Williams, vice-president for community and volunteer engagement for the Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. "So, in Mississippi alone, it's over 2,000 and in Alabama, it's about 4,300," she said.
"We are desperately wanting everyone to get involved to help us find a cure for MS," said Diane Bustin of Hot Coffee, Miss. She was one of the people who attended the luncheon and has been living with multiple sclerosis for 41 years.
Registration for Walk MS-Hattiesburg will take place at 8 a.m. The walk begins at 9 o'clock.