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Hundreds walk to for Multiple Sclerosis

Lawton_Over a hundred people came out to the 16th Annual Multiple Sclerosis Walk on Saturday. The walk was moved inside the Lawton High School gym instead of Elmer Thomas Park. And businesses and people from throughout the community came out to support the cause.

"Each walker that comes in and pledges tries to get at least 75 dollars in donations and every year we have raised 20 or 30 thousand dollars just in the Lawton, Duncan and Fort Sill area," said M.S. Walk chairwoman Donna Anderson.

Then there were area businesses that get involved. "To be a corporate sponsor they contribute at least 1 thousand dollars to our walk. Many of those companies also have employees that set up teams and the teams do different fundraising events."

And all the fundraising from the walk goes to help M.S. research. Donna says years ago getting diagnosed with M.S. meant your life was over. But today, all that research has made a difference. "Now thanks to the research going on. We have found good treatment and we are getting closer each day to finding a cure. So I have personally been involved, because of my family but also for the many other people that are afflicted by M.S."

Donna walked for her brother and for her aunt.  But, also for the 2 and a half million people around the world that are suffering from the debilitating disease. "This is taking us a step closer to finding a cure for ms and it's very very important to all of us here today."

In 2008, there were 8 M.S. walks across the state raising over 300 thousand dollars. Walk M.S. Oklahoma hopes to surpass that with this year's walks.

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