Apr 20, 2013 7:03 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Hundreds walk for multiple sclerosis research

Locals were moving for a cause on Saturday.

A Walk MS event was held to help raise money for multiple sclerosis research and the National MS Society.

Participants met up at Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo. From there, they could go on a 5K or 1K walk through downtown.

"MS so often interferes with movement and so therefore walking is symbolic with moving forward and being proactive in working towards a cure for the disease," said Devin Wallace, a Program Manager for the National MS Society.

The National MS Society provides support groups, counseling, therapy, wellness classes, and more for people impacted by MS.

Event organizers expected to raise $80,000 at Saturday's walk.  They said about 500 walkers came out for the event.

"This is our largest fundraiser to drive our mission forward, which is to fund cutting edge research in MS and to try to put a stop to the disease, find a cure, and help pay for the programs that help people living with MS," said Wallace.

According to Wallace, between 500 and 600 people along the Central Coast have been diagnosed with MS.

If you'd like to get more information on the disease, call the National MS Society's office in Morro Bay at (805) 772-2046.




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