Lawton walk for a cure to Multiple Sclerosis

Lawton walk for a cure to Multiple Sclerosis

LAWTON, OK (KSWO)-Advocates, those diagnosed, family, and friends gathered in Lawton to walk for a cure to Multiple Sclerosis.

Participant, Becky Irwin says this year is her second year to participate in the walk since she was diagnosed with MS in 2012. She says the support from her team is overwhelming.

"I have 67 wonderful teammates this year, so it's awesome and we are right at the $4,000 mark on line donations so we are hoping to make our goal of $5,000," said Irwin.

Irwin says the symptoms of the debilitating disease began showing up in 2009 and continue to be something that she works through daily.

"I struggle with a lot of speech and cognitive issues as well as bladder problems and walking problems. Everything can be affected in every part of your body dependent on where your lesions are," said Irwin.

Walk committee chairperson, Albert Rivas says MS is a disease that varies from person to person.

"MS is not visible they look like you and me so the battle is within. It is in the inside so what it might look like on the outside is completely different on the inside. They struggle differently each one of them so as you can see around here there are a lot of people that you can see and you won't even know that have MS that live with MS every day," Rivas.

Irwin says that she hopes one day there will be a cure.

"I just want people to know that once you get the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis it is not a death sentence there plenty, plenty that live a long healthy life," said Irwin.

Irwin's team from Wichita Falls raised the most money this year at almost $5,000. Walk officials say the total amount raised by all the participants combined was approximately $30,000. The money raised from Saturday's walk will go to help fund MS research.

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