WEST ALEXANDRIA — Preble County’s Multiple Sclerosis benefit walk is being held today, Saturday, May 13, at West Alexandria’s Peace Park. Registration will be held at 10 a.m., with the walk beginning at 11 a.m.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a debilitating disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body. The cause of the disease is still unknown, but scientists believe that the disease is triggered by as-yet-unidentified environmental factor in a person who is genetically predisposed to respond.
The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease.
All ages are encouraged to participate in the Preble County MS Walk. Everyone participating in the walk are encouraged to raise support and awareness for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Ohio Valley Chapter.
This year’s walk will feature free food in the park, a raffle (starting at noon), and concerts in the park. Kelly Crank, Tommy Keith, and Ashley Taylor will all play at the event.
Donations have been made by Dayton Dragons, Sherwin Williams, Warm & Glow Candles, Bratt Tasties, Eaton Place, Stockslagers, Eaton Floral, Lowe’s, First Impressions Wear, Olive Garden, Harmony Pillows, Wood Bunk Bed, and many others.
All money raised will benefit National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Ohio Valley Chapter: Preble County. In 2016, the West Alexandria MS walked raised $2,557 for research and 45 people participated.
For more information, local organizer Tanya Oglesby can be reached at 937-533-7743 or an email can be sent at fightMStoday.org.
Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH