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250 participate in MS Walk

April 18, 1998|By CLYDE FORD

by Richard T. Meagher / staff photographer

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MS Walk250 participate in MS Walk

Carrie Haywood, 14, wanted to do something to help people with multiple sclerosis.

"We wanted to do something as a group of girls," the freshman at St. Maria Goretti High School said.

She got $102 worth of pledges for walking slightly over six miles.

About 250 people turned out Saturday morning for the Multiple Sclerosis Walk to raise about $20,000 to fight the chronic, often debilitating disease that attacks the central nervous system.

MS Walk officials said the final tally probably won't be known for two weeks.

The crowd started gathering before 8 a.m. at Hagerstown's City Park. Walkers were registered and turned in their pledge forms before moving on to free sticky buns and juice and coffee.

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A man twisted balloons into oddly shaped head gear for children.

"My husband has MS and my cousin also has it," said Donna Resh, 47, of Hagerstown before she walked.

As she looked around her, she was impressed by how many people turned out at City Park to walk and raise money.

"It just shows people care," Resh said. "They're doing this because it's needed."

Her co-worker at Allegany Power, Amy Benner, 30, of Martinsburg, W.Va., said she wanted to show her friends that she supported them in their fight against the disease.

"My supervisor's wife and my work partner's husband both have MS," Benner said. "It's so important."

Evaine Sing, 14, of Keedysville, a freshman at St. Maria Goretti, said that the MS Walk is a fun way to raise money for a good cause.

"It's easy going. You don't feel pressured," said Sing, who raised $150 in pledges.

Gwen Hattersley, chairperson of the MS Walk, said she and her husband traveled 10 different ways from City Park until they found a route exactly 10 kilometers back to City Park.

She said they wanted a route that would be easy and safe to walk with places for rest breaks at two miles and four miles.

The route also had to be handicapped accessible for those in wheelchairs who wanted to participate, she said.

"A lot of people just like getting together. It's interesting for them to walk through their community," Hattersley said.

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