The weather Saturday morning in Pueblo looks to be perfect to take a nice walk with your family, friends, your dog, hey, how about joining me for the 2019 edition of the WALK MS in Pueblo. The annual walk, which has been happening now for more than 30 years, is being held again at Pueblo Community College and the surrounding neighborhoods.
It’s a great way to raise awareness and money for this mysterious disease that affects thousands here in Colorado and around the country. The money raised is used for family support programs, resources, education and of course, the all-important research to try and find a cure.
Nicole Odell, Development Specialist with the local MS Society says the walk is “an event to really bring people together so we have teams come out, they have a team captain and their friends and family and co-workers really rally behind them to show that they do have the support that they need.”
Registration begins at 7:30 on Saturday morning at PCC, but it’s so much more than just a walk, there is food, music and just a great time to get together for a common cause.
So many questions remain unanswered about the origins of MS, which affects people in different ways. Odell told News5, “MS is an interesting disease, it’s kind of hidden, it can be tough at times, it varies among people, can be debilitating for some and not so much for others, so it really brings everybody together so they can see they’re getting the support they need.”
The festivities kick off around 8:30, the walk at 9:30 and there is a short walk and a long walk to accommodate the teams and individuals who participate. No registration fee is required, but donations are always welcome.
This is a cause that is important to me and my family, two of my sisters, Kathleen and Joanne, contracted the disease. Kathleen, sadly passed away a year ago from her condition, Joanne is dealing with her symptoms which are less severe, and who has been able to take advantage of the advances in medication to help her control MS, so it doesn’t control her life.
By the way, the WALK MS Colorado Springs is just three weeks away, Saturday, May 18th at Acacia Park, downtown. Hope to see you at the walks.Thank you all for your support!