May 21, 2004
The Record Courier
Dave Campbell had been feeling pin pricks in his arms for about a year before he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, two years ago.
"It started out as pins and needles in my arms and after the first year, it went into my legs," the seven-year resident of the Gardnerville Ranchos said. "Then you know you have to go deal with it."
Campbell is going to participate in his second Multiple Sclerosis Walk at Mills Park in Carson City on Saturday.
He works for Gardnerville Automotive, where he says his employers have been very supportive.
"They're great here," he said. "My balance is off and my legs hurt, but the owner comes in and it all goes away."
Cambell is married to Robyn and he has two girls, Cheyanne, 10 and Christa, who is 8 years old.
He couldn't complete last year's walk and had to get into the pace car that follows participants around the three-mile course.
"I have a wheelchair and I'm going to take it just in case," he said. "I'll probably need it. I'll just have them pop the chair out of the car and I'll be ready to finish."
Linda Lott, president of the Reno, Carson and Gardnerville chapter of the MS Society, said people will be welcome to sign up for the walk on Saturday morning.
"The walk is three miles and we have support vehicles drive around so that when somebody is tired, they can get a ride," she said. "This will be the same route we've used for the last three years."
About 50 people signed up for the walk last year.
"We are already above that number now," she said of the 57 people who had signed up by Tuesday. "The other thing that is important is that people can sign up that day and come and walk."
The walk raises money to educate people about MS, put on socials for people and provide information about the disease.
"The largest percentage stays in the area, with some money going to the national organization for research," she said. "That's why they're walking."
For more information about the walk, which starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, call 329-7180, option 2 or visit www.nationalmssociety.org/nvn.
Check-in for participants is 9 a.m. Raffle tickets to win a slot machine from International Gaming Technology will be sold.
Lott asked that participants raise at least $75 from pledges
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