The Walk MS events held in 18 communities throughout Wisconsin in April and May raised nearly $1.3 million, with a goal of $1.5 million. The funds will be used for multiple sclerosis-related research, as well as programs and services for the more than 10,000 children, women and men diagnosed with MS in the state.
Wisconsin is believed to have one of the higher MS prevalence rates in the nation.
Held every spring in Wisconsin since 1984, the fully accessible Walk MS routes-three miles on average-have become a focal point for family members, friends, co-workers and neighbors who want to show their support for those living with the disease while raising awareness in their communities. The largest walks were held in Milwaukee, Madison and De Pere; the new site added this year was Rhinelander, where a Walk MS event was held in May.
There is no registration fee for Walk MS events, so the money raised comes completely from participant donations and individual fundraising as well as corporate sponsorships. Sponsors this year included Columbia St. Mary’s and CSA, in addition to a number of businesses throughout the state and in specific communities that provided support.
Donations are still being accepted online at wisMS.org and by phone at (262) 369-4400 or (800) 242-3358.