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Hundreds of San Diegans Will Start in O’side and Walk 80km Toward a World Free of MS

Challenge Walk MS aims to support the nearly 1 million Americans living with MS

San Diego CA— From November 8 – 10, 2019, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will host its 17th annual Challenge Walk MS: Southern California, a three-day 50-mile coastal fundraising walk from Oceanside to Coronado to rally around a cure for multiple sclerosis (MS). The endurance event is expected to bring together 200 people from across the West Coast and aims to raise more than $600,000 for cutting-edge research to stop disease progression, and provide programs and services that enable the nearly 1 million people living with MS in the United States to live their best lives.

“It’s incredibly powerful to watch hundreds of people walk fifty miles for a cause,” said Robert Cota, Director of Walk MS, National MS Society. “MS is a disease where, even though nearly 1 million Americans live with the neurological disorder, most people don’t know or understand what MS is. A sea of walkers in orange is our way of shining some awareness on MS, because it’s going to take all of us to find a cure”

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable and degenerative neurological disorder that attacks the brain and spinal cord, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. Symptoms can range from numbness or tingling, to walking difficulties, fatigue, dizziness, pain, depression, blindness and paralysis. No two people will experience the same symptoms, and each person’s symptoms can change or fluctuate over time, which makes MS notoriously difficult to diagnose. Each walker commits to raising a minimum of $2,500 in order to participate, with all funds going toward MS research and assisting the lives of those living with MS.

WHEN: November 8 – 10, 2019
Walkers take off at 8:30 a.m. on Friday; Opening Ceremony begins at 8:00 a.m.

WHERE: Day 1 Start Line – Tyson St. Park in Oceanside (S Pacific St & Tyson St, Oceanside, CA 92054)
Day 3 Finish Line – Tidelands Park in Coronado (2000 Mullinex Dr, Coronado, CA 92118)

For more information about multiple sclerosis and the National MS Society go to nationalMSsociety.org  or follow the National MS Society on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook or Twitter.