Join the Loveland Walk MS on May 9 at Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra
LOVELAND, CO – May 5, 2009 – Walk to create a world-free of MS on Saturday, May 9 by participating in Loveland’s Walk MS at Chapungu Sculpture Park, located on the east side of The Promenade Shops at Centerra. Presented by the Colorado Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the walk features a 1.5 mile course among African stone sculptures and fun-filled activities planned for both before and after the walk.
The Loveland Walk MS begins at 9:00 a.m. with registration starting at 8:00 a.m. Registration is free, and there is no minimum donation amount required to participate. The walk is kid- and pet-friendly and includes a breakfast by Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, complimentary massages, caricature drawings, balloon artist and face painters, and prizes from Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Following the walk, free Wendy’s Frosties and coupons for lunch at Centerra eateries will be distributed. Participants will also enjoy the sounds of Big Country 97.9 FM as Scott and Sandie broadcast live from the walk. Zero Hero will be on site to ensure the walk is a green event.
The walk takes place at Chapungu Sculpture Park with registration and booths set up on the north side of the park behind Macy’s. As the only permanent outdoor exhibit of its kind in the country, the park offers visitors a chance to view 82 African stone sculptures from the Shona tribe of Zimbabwe while surrounded by shade trees, water features, and park benches for seating.
The Loveland Walk MS funds local programs and services for those living with multiple sclerosis in our community. Last year, the Northern Office served nearly 2,000 people living with MS and their families through education and wellness programs, direct financial assistance, and comprehensive case management.
“With Colorado having such a high prevalence rate of MS, the Walk MS is critical to raising awareness and funds for the 9,000 people afflicted with MS throughout the state,” said Allison Hines, Development Manager, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Colorado Chapter. “Every walker, every volunteer, helps move us one step closer to finding a cure.”
Walkers can sign up as individuals, start a team with friends and family, or join an existing team. In 2008, the Loveland Walk MS had more than 500 walkers and raised over $50,000.
For more information or to register for the Loveland Walk MS, please visit www.walkMScolorado.org or contact our local office at 970-482-5016.
About the Colorado Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society
The Colorado Chapter of the National MS Society was founded in 1959 and provides comprehensive programs and advocacy statewide to assist and empower more than 72,000 Coloradans affected by MS annually. The Colorado Chapter is also a driving force of research for the prevention, treatment and cure of MS and contributes funds to support 440 National MS Society research projects worldwide – eight of which are located in Colorado. The chapter has offices in Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction serving the Colorado community. For more information, visit www.curemscolorado.org.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from reduced or lost mobility to numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.5 million worldwide.
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