Dateline: February 8, 2001
From Little Lehigh Park in Allentown to the Jersey Shore, the 2001 MS WALK has something to offer anyone interested in fun and fundraising to help end multiple sclerosis. Each of the 21 sites throughout the Greater Delaware Valley on Sunday April 22, 29 and May 6 are defined by their unique character: participants can walk with the animals at Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown, PA, picnic by the lake at Ridley Park, Media, PA, walk along the beach on the boardwalk in Atlantic City or through historic Pemberton, NJ.
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If walking is too slow, runners can sign up for the 5K run at West Goshen Township on April 29, or the brand new 10K run at the Philadelphia Museum Of Art on Sunday, May 6. Each wheelchair accessible site has its own medical and transportation support, fully stocked rest stops, finish line celebration, and prizes for top teams and individuals. The best part of all? Money raised through the MS WALK benefits over 350,000 Americans and their families who have multiple sclerosis! Donations fund research into a cure and health and information programs for those with the disease. Find a site near you and register to walk or volunteer online at www.walk4ms.org or call 800-883-WALK.
"The MS WALK raises needed money to fund breakthrough research and programs for people with MS. Past MS WALKs have enabled the development of three new drugs for the treatment of certain forms of MS: Avonex, Betaseron and Copaxone," says Greater Delaware Valley Chapter President Judith G. Cohen. "Such advances would have been impossible without dedicated volunteers and walkers."
After registering, walking or volunteering is easy. Walkers receive a packet full of fundraising tips including a friendly letter ready to be photocopied, signed and mailed. Volunteers are needed for everything from service on MS WALK planning committees to working at the rest stops and registration tables on the day of the event. "Plan a day of family fun while helping someone. Register now to volunteer or walk at a walk site near you," says Megan DiPanni, MS WALK Manager.
For information regarding other multiple sclerosis matters, please call 800-548-4611.