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Lawton laces up for MS Walk

LAWTON, Okla._Imagine a world that's free from Multiple Sclerosis, that's what thousands of Oklahomans afflicted with the disease think about everyday and now one Lawton group is hoping make life easier for those that call Texoma home.

Lawton's 2014 MS Walk is set to take place Saturday, April 26, at 10:00 a.m. to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. With that money, the group hopes to aid research that will help fight the disease.

Folks will be lacing up and pounding the pavement at Elmer Thomas Park to spread awareness, but these folks aren't walking in honor of anyone, they're walking because that's what folks who live with the debilitating disease of Multiple Sclerosis do in order to make sure they're able to live life to the fullest.

"My own son has said, 'Well mom, you don't look sick. So how do I know you're sick? How do I know you're feeling badly," said Lynn Stewart who has lived with the disease since the 1990’s.

It was only less than two years ago that she was officially diagnosed.

"All of my left side is just asleep, with intense tingling. My consequence of not taking my prescribed medicine would possibly be not being able to walk," explained Stewart.

"They wake up everyday working 110% in their daily life, whether it be working or doing what they do on a daily basis," said Albert Rivas, Race Chair for Walk MS Lawton.

Organizers of Lawton's 2014 race said the walk allows Lawtonians to see the face of an all-too-common disease and unite with each other as a community.

"It can be proven that Lawton, Oklahoma can bring together communities pretty well. A huge part of me doing this is seeing a community grow together and be strengthened through community involvement with organizations like the MS Society," said Rivas.

It's a disease that affects nearly 12,000 people in Oklahoma alone. The group hopes to reach their goal of nearly $40,000 this weekend.

"The more we can do to get the word out, the better for the Lawton community.

All that money goes right back to the research, so the more awareness with MS that's out there, the better it can help the local people right here with MS," said Stewart.

If you'd like to sign up, or if you'd like to help organizers smash their goal at this year's event, it's pretty simple, just check out the Walk MS Page.

A silent auction for the MS Society has also been set up at the City National Bank branch on northwest 82nd Street. You can check out all the items up for grabs there until Saturday when the auction will be moved to Lawton High School for the big event.

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