Being diagnosed four years ago with multiple sclerosis changed Jessica Potter's life in more ways than one.
"I switched careers," the 28-year-old Hancock woman said Saturday morning before the annual MS Walk began at Antietam National Battlefield.
Having worked in insurance before the diagnosis, Potter now is the community development coordinator for the Western Maryland chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
"I just find it a very uplifting career ... I feel like I'm helping people make a difference," Potter said.
About 600 other people wanting to make a difference joined her Saturday for the three- and five-mile walks through the battlefield, raising approximately $67,000, said Amanda Glenn, marketing director for the Maryland chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The money raised will be used to fund research, treatment and services, Potter said. About 400,000 people nationwide, including 5,000 in Maryland, have MS, a chronic disease of the central nervous system, Glenn said.