ST. CLOUD - Over 500 people came out on Sunday morning to walk and support victims of multiple sclerosis in Central Minnesota.

Walk MS is an annual event that took place at Apollo High School. People were able to walk individually or as a team.

Amy Kuechle was diagnosed with MS two years ago and has been participating in the event for the last four years, she says the support she finds at the walk is unbelievable.

"For me it's just having that support, knowing that people are there for me," Kuechle says.

The walk is expected to raise around $70,000 for MS research. Money raised will go to support programs and services for more than 17,000 people with MS and their families in the Upper Midwest area.

Friends and family came from around Minnesota to support loved ones at the Walk. Kuechle says her group is always excited to participate.

"They're happy to be here, they feel like they're contributing," Kuechle says.

Multiple Sclerosis is a disabling disease of the central nervous system. It interrupts the flow of information in the brain and between the brain and the body. Every hour in the United States, someone is diagnosed with the disease.

Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20-50, with around two to three times more women than men diagnosed. MS impacts more than 2.3 million people around the world. More information on the disease can be found on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society website.

 

Dan DeBaun, WJON News
Photo: Joe Erickson