Walk MS Fundraiser at Jones Beach Expected to Surpass $1 Billion This Year

Thousands Will Help Achieve for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society on May 20.

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Walk MS will be held at Jones Beach on May 20.

Photo by: National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Wantagh, NY - April 20, 2017 - Since 1988, hundreds of thousands of people have taken part in Walk MS events across the country raising critical funds and awareness for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This year, the cumulative fundraising is expected to surpass $1 billion. 
 
“Walk MS is a joyous gathering with a wonderful ‘we’re in this together’ feeling,” said Cyndi Zagieboylo, President and CEO of the National MS Society. “Every participant, volunteer, donor and sponsor is helping to drive us toward this exciting $1 billion milestone. Together, we are accelerating progress in making life-changing breakthroughs so that each person with MS can live her or his best life.” 
 
More than 5,000 people are expected to raise more than $750,000 at Walk MS: Jones Beach in Wantagh on May 20. Walk MS is an opportunity for people living with MS and those who care about them to connect, join together, and be inspired. In 2016 alone, nearly 300,000 people at more than 550 locations across the country walked to create a world free of MS, raising nearly $50 million.
 
Genentech, Novartis and Sanofi Genzyme are national sponsors of Walk MS. Local presenting sponsor is GEICO.
 
About Multiple Sclerosis 
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide. 
 
For more information about multiple sclerosis and the National MS Society go to nationalMSsociety.org  or call 800-344-4867.