Join the Movement at the Lawton Walk MS

Lawton_Press Release_The Oklahoma Chapter's Lawton Walk MS will take place Saturday, March 28. Walkers will enjoy the two-mile scenic route through beautiful Elmer Thomas Park. Registration and check-in begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Lawton High School cafeteria with breakfast items being served, and the Walk MS officially starts at 9:30 a.m.

After the walk, celebrate at the finish line with food and fun activities. Funds raised from the event will support direct services for the more than 3,000 people with MS and their families in Oklahoma and national MS research to find a cure to end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis. Every hour of every day, one new person is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system.

MS affects more than 400,000 people in the United States and 2.5 million worldwide. MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn't. The Walk MS is one of the National MS Society's largest fundraising events. New this year: During the registration and walk, everyone is invited to a special Silent Auction, even if he/she doesn't walk, which will be located in the Lawton High School cafeteria.

Auction items include a 1/3 carat diamond ring, a sapphire and diamond ring, a limited edition print of an award- winning Diana Beach Stamper original, a weaving by local artist Maryruth Prose, a photograph by David Gill, a handmade quilt by Linda Carter and many other items. Also, the Museum of the Great Plains has agreed to allow all walkers to tour the museum free of charge that morning by presenting their registration slip.

Thank you to this year's sponsors: Southwestern Medical Center, Comanche County Memorial Hospital, BancFirst, Fisherman's Cove, Coca-Cola, KCCU, KSWO-TV, SYSCO Food Services of Oklahoma, Supercuts, Cost Cutters, Pro Cuts, Meek's Lithographing Company, Butler & Butler, Cruises Inc., Community Health Charities, Airgas of Duncan, the City of Lawton, Lawton High School, Institute of the Great Plains, Museum of the Great Plains, Borden's and Lawton Walk MS committee and volunteers. For more information or to register for the Lawton Walk MS, call 1-800-FIGHT MS (press 2) or visit our Web site at

About the Lawton Walk MS The Lawton Walk MS is on Saturday, March 29 at the Elmer Thomas Park. All walkers who raise $75 or more will receive the 2008 commemorative Walk MS T-shirt. People can participate in the Walk MS individually or as a team. It only takes four walkers to form a team. Registration is free and those interested are encouraged to sign up online at

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 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.

About the National MS Society MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn't. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS. In 2006 alone, through our home office and our 50- state network of chapters, we devoted nearly $126 million to programs that enhanced more than one million lives to move us closer to a world free of MS. The Society also invested more than $46 million to support 440 research projects around the world. We are people who want to do something about MS NOW. Join the movement at