Those wanting to find a cure for multiple sclerosis met Saturday morning to participate in the annual MS Walk.
The walk was began five years ago by Josh Carr and his brother when they wanted to get more involved in helping to find a cure for the disease.
“My mom has MS and we decided we need to take an active role in this. We started the walk at the University of Arkansas and then it has grown from there Now we’re expanding and here at Lake Fayetteville today,” Carr said.
Over two million people in the world are dealing with multiple sclerosis. It is a disease of the immune system of the central nervous system. Individuals are typically diagnosed between ages 20 and 40.
Though a way to treat MS has not yet been found, participants at Lake Fayetteville were hopeful. One of those is kindergarten teacher, Claire Ericson, who is one of the millions with multiple sclerosis.
“They’re doing a lot of research and a lot of research is needed because they don’t have a cure,” Ericson said. “So if we can everyone’s attention at least focused on that, at least for this special day it will help.”
The walk consisted of one, three or five mile goals. Many were walking for themselves. Friends, family and co-workers also walked in support for those they know that have had or have MS.
For more information about multiple sclerosis or how to get involved visit www.nationmssociety.org.