Stillwater News Press

October 23, 2013

MS awareness walk slated Saturday at Boomer Lake

By Chase Rheam
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater residents will take part in the annual Walk MS event at Boomer Lake Saturday.

“The whole point of Walk MS is to help us spread awareness about Multiple Sclerosis and help family and friends of those affected by MS to celebrate those living with MS and to raise funds to find a cure,” said Development Coordinator Beth Snyder.

Last year, only 45 people attended due to bad weather.

“In years past, we’ve had a couple hundred folks come out and this year we’re hoping to have about 200,” Snyder said.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. and breakfast will be available.

“In addition to the walk starting at 10 a.m. where we will be going around Boomer Lake, we’ll also have door prizes we’re giving away,” Snyder said.

There will also be Halloween activities for children.

“Right now, our goal for this event is to raise $20,000 and we have half of that money in so far,” Snyder said.

Participants may also register at walkmsok.org prior to the event. Anyone who raises $100 or more, receives a fundraising T-shirt. The event is located on the east side of Boomer Lake.

“There are 11,200 people affected by MS in Oklahoma,” Snyder said. “Worldwide, there’s 2.1 million people.”

Multiple Sclerosis affects the brain and central nervous system. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of balance and slurred speech and vision.

“MS does not have a cure,” Snyder said. “These events are very important to help us raise money so we can provide programs and services to help with day-to-day living and symptom management.”