Hundreds walk in fight against MS

NANAIMO – Fight against multiple sclerosis continues April 28 with the annual Scotiabank MS Walk.

The fight against multiple sclerosis continues April 28 with the annual Scotiabank MS Walk.

More than 100 people are expected in downtown Nanaimo’s Maffeo Sutton Park to take park in the three-, six- or nine-kilometre routes along the waterfront.

The walk is the MS Society’s largest fundraiser in the central Island, raising money and awareness for the fight against multiple sclerosis.

“Whether it’s for themselves, their mother, brother or friend, members of our community are coming together at the annual MS Walk to help find a cure to MS,” said Ashley Hodgins, manager of development, South and Central Vancouver Island MS chapter.

Multiple sclerosis is a complex, unpredictable and often disabling disease of the central nervous system, affecting between 55,000 and 75,000 people in Canada.

Proceeds from the Scotiabank MS Walk support local programs for people affected by MS that can help them enhance their quality of life and deal with the issues related to the disease.

Initiatives include information and referral, supportive counselling, self-help and support groups, financial assistance and recreation and social programs.

For more information or to register for the Scotiabank MS Walk in Nanaimo, please call 250-754-6321 or visit online at www.mswalks.ca.