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Organizers hope MS walk becomes annual event

| Saturday, May 4, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
MARILYN FORBES I FOR THE TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Walkers set out to take part in the first walk for mulyiple sclerosisi that was recently held at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus.

Hitting the pavement in an effort to raise funding and awareness, participants in the first 5K walk for multiple sclerosis enjoyed the bright morning sunshine as they made their way around the grounds of the Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus last weekend.

The Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society held its inaugural Walk MS: Uniontown, welcoming about 125 participants.

“This is our first walk, and we hope to see it get bigger and better every year,” Western Pa. Chapter President Anne Mageras said. “We are holding this to bring more awareness to those who have MS and to the programs and services that can help people with MS right here in Fayette County.”

Several fire departments from the area had volunteers and family members who participated in the walk, and the event drew others from all over Southwestern Pennsylvania.

“My mother has MS, so we try to do as many MS awareness functions that we can,” said Patti Mardis of Uniontown. “I don't know if I can make five miles or not, but I am going to try.”

The walk will be part of several in the area that are being held to bring awareness to the disease.

“This walk is one of 16 that will be held in Western Pennsylvania in April and May,” Mageras said. “We want to get rallying, and we want to bring more awareness to MS.”

Mageras said that she was pleased with the local support and help that was given the group.

“I really want to thank the local people who stepped up to help with this,” Mageras said. “The local volunteers really reached out to the community in an effort to make this a success.”

Mageras said that they plan to make the MS 5K walk an annual event that will held in the spring.

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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