Community walks for a cure for multiple sclerosis

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Hundreds filled the Jonesboro High School Track Saturday morning to walk for a world free of multiple sclerosis. 

"There is no cure for MS," National MS Society volunteer Sara Cook said.

Multiple sclerosis stops people from moving so the community moved for them.

"Our goal is to raise $40,000 to donate and those funds will go to fund research for a cure," Cook said. "The funds will also go to some of the programs for people living with MS to provide assistance to them for maybe their medications or whatever else they might need."

Many moved with specific people in mind.

"My dad has MS," Cook said. "He was diagnosed in 2007 so we have had a team participate in the walk for six years now."

Cook's dad is one of almost 7,000 Arkansans affected by multiple sclerosis. Cook said as this number keeps growing, so does the need for events like this.

"The treatments for MS are incredibly expensive and, a lot of times, people have to be on multiple medications to manage their symptoms so it's important that we raise money to help them," Cook said.

According to the National MS Society, multiple sclerosis symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. Doctors cannot predict the disease's progress and severity in any one person.

However, Cook said these walks move this research one step closer to a cure.

"We want to find a cure so we don't have to do this any more," Cook said.

The Walk MS: Northeast Arkansas 2014 event is one of three walks in the state to raise money for the National MS Society. 

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