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 www.nationalmssociety.org/oke