Rockford Walk MS at Klehm Arboretum May 6

Staff Report

Each year, the National MS Society, Greater Illinois Chapter (GIC), hosts Walk MS to raise funds for multiple sclerosis (MS) research and support. This year, Walk MS will take place Sunday, May 6, at 11 official sites across Illinois, including Bloomington, Chicago lakefront, Glenview, Joliet, Lake in the Hills, Palatine, Naperville, Orland Park, Rockford, St. Charles and Springfield.

The Rockford Walk MS will be at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m., with the walk beginning at 9 a.m.

The route is 100 percent accessible, and 1 1/2-mile and 3-mile options are available, with a rest stop at the halfway point. Fruit and water will be provided, but those participating are encouraged to bring a bottle of water and a small snack.

The donation goal of the Rockford Walk MS is $40,000.

Walk MS is the rallying point of the MS movement; a chance for community to come together to bring an end to multiple sclerosis. Last year, more than 12,300 individuals participated in Walk MS, raising nearly $2.6 million, making it among the top fund-raising Walk MS events in the nation.

Two additional Walk events are scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 9, in Peoria, Ill., and Urbana, Ill.

For many people living with MS, this is one of the best and most important days of the year,” said John Blazek, GIC president. “Whether it’s through participating at one of our Walk sites, volunteering, fund-raising or recruiting a friend or family member to be part of the movement, the amazing turnout of thousands of supporters for this signature event helps bring us that much closer to our ultimate goal of a world free of MS.”

Registration for Walk MS 2012 is free and open to individual walkers, teams, volunteers and virtual walkers. To sign up, visit or call 1-888-343-1179.

Every hour, someone in the United States is diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. The disease affects more than 20,000 people in Illinois, 400,000 throughout the United States and 2.5 million worldwide. MS interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body, and it can stop people from moving.

The GIC mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. Visit for more information.

From the April 18-24, 2012, issue

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