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Battlefield to host MS walk April 18

December 24, 2008

The Annual Multiple Sclerosis Walk will be held at Antietam National Battlefield Saturday, April 18. This family event is open to all those who are interested in helping win the fight against multiple sclerosis.

Registration is now open at www.walkMSmaryland.org or by calling 1-800-344-4867. Walkers are encouraged to form teams and raise funds to help the National Multiple Sclerosis Society put an end to this devastating disease.

MS is a chronic, unpredictable neurological disease that affects the central nervous system.

It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder, meaning the immune system incorrectly attacks healthy tissue.

Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision.

These problems might be permanent or might come and go. The National MS Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world, and providing programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.

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Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men contracting the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.5 million worldwide.

Those interested in learning more about the 2009 Walk MS in Hagerstown should visit www.walkMSmaryland.org or contact Jessica Potter at 443-641-1226.

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