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Walkers “Join the Movement®” to Create a World Free of MS

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Baton Rouge, LA — The National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society: Louisiana will hold its Walk MS: Baton Rouge with presenting sponsor Pfizer at Perkins Rowe on Saturday, March 31, 2012.

More than 300 walkers are expected to come out and help raise the goal of $37,000. Funds raised will support direct services and programs for the more than 4,000 people with MS and their families in Louisiana and research to find a cure for this chronic disease of the central nervous system.

People can participate in Walk MS individually or as a team. Volunteers are also needed! To register or for more information, call 1-800-344-4867 or visit www.walkMSlouisiana.org. Walkers can also register on the day of the event beginning at 7 a.m. The Walk officially starts at 8 a.m.

WHAT:

Walk MS Baton Rouge with presenting sponsor Pfizer to benefit National MS Society: Louisiana

WHEN:

Saturday, March 31, 2012

7 a.m. Registration opens

8 a.m. Walk begins

WHERE:

Perkins Rowe (10101 Park Rowe Avenue, Baton Rouge, 70810)

PARTICIPATION/ VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION:

Visit walkmslouisiana.org, call 800-344-4867 or email jessica.aubin@nmss.org.

WHY:

Proceeds raised will benefit the National MS Society: Louisiana.

About walk MS: Baton Rouge

There is no cost to register, and online registration is currently open. Day-of-event registration begins at 7 a.m., followed by an 8 a.m. start time. There is no registration fee and no minimum pledge commitment; however, the average walker raises $100 to support research initiatives, programs and services of the National MS Society: Louisiana. Individuals interested in joining or creating a team can sign up online with co-workers, friends, family or neighbors.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is diagnosed with MS — an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. 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 moving us closer to an MS-free world. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men affected by the disease. More than 400,000 people in the United States and 2.5 million worldwide live with MS. There are over 28,000 Louisianans who are affected by MS.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. The 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. In 2010 alone, through its national office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society devoted $159 million to programs and services that assisted more than one million people. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $37 million to support 325 new and ongoing research projects around the world. We are people who want to do something about MS now. Join the Movement® at nationalMSsociety.org.

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