Walk MS raises money to fight multiple sclerosis

More than 200 people took part in the Walk MS: Hattiesburg on Saturday.
More than 200 people took part in the Walk MS: Hattiesburg on Saturday.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of people gathered in Hattiesburg Saturday morning to help find a cure for and support people living with Multiple Sclerosis. About 200 people took part in the annual Walk-MS at the Longleaf Trace.

Multiple Sclerosis is a disabling disease of the central nervous system which affects more than 6,000 people in Mississippi and Alabama. The walk provides funds for research and supports programs and services for people with MS.

"It's going to mean a tremendous amount of help coming to those persons in Mississippi and Alabama who live with MS," said Tuwanna Williams, walk manager. "We're able to provide more programs and services," she said.

"It means the world to see people who don't have the disease but are here just for support," said Ashley Hatten, a walk participant who was diagnosed with MS in 2010. "Seeing teams of 10, 15 people, I mean it's just awesome," she said.

"I've got so many supporters, I've got an awesome family and friends to help me," said Traci McCardle, another event participant who was diagnosed with the disease in 2004. "And we just need to find a cure for MS, because it is a disabling disease," she said.

The walk in Hattiesburg was the 5th in Mississippi this year. The last one is scheduled for next Saturday in Jackson.

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