People will gather at Maffeo Sutton Park on Sunday (May 28) to raise money for those with multiple sclerosis.
Check-in for the Nanaimo Scotiabank MS Walk begins at 8:30 a.m. with the event beginning at 10 a.m. The fundraising target is $25,000 and according to Cathy Nidoski, MS Society of Canada B.C. spokeswoman, money raised goes to programs and services that can be used throughout the province.
MS is a disease that impacts the central nervous system and is said to affect 100,000 Canadians, according to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.
“We have services like our (MS) Navigator program and that is a program, it’s a 1-800 number (1-844-859-6789) that people can call, actually anywhere in Canada, and they can get information about MS and about what services are available in their area. Doctors, if they have questions about research or treatment or anything at all really related to MS, they can call that,” said Nidoski.
In Nanaimo, free legal guidance, grants for equipment purchases and rentals and a self-help group are also available.
The goal for the 2017 event is $25,000 and while $4,931 has been raised as of Wednesday morning, Marissa Ledding, Vancouver Island fundraising coordinator, said more money usually comes in the days leading up to the event.
Close to $30,000 was raised at the 2016 event in Nanaimo.
For more information, please go to www.mswalks.ca.