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More than 300 people mosey for MS

Valerie Smith

More than 300 people put on their walking shoes Saturday morning to participate in the David Donelan MS Walk in Glenwood Canyon. The five-mile walk was one of 12 MS Walks held in Colorado over the past two weekends.

“I think we had a great turnout with a lot of enthusiasm from the people who were there,” said Penny Donelan, of Glenwood Springs, one of the local organizers. “There was a good community feeling. They were so genuine, and there was a lot of sharing.”

Last year, the Colorado MS Walk raised more than $1 million. This year’s goal was $1.25 million.

Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system. It can cause a variety of symptoms, including debilitating fatigue, blindness and paralysis.

Colorado has one of the highest rates of MS in the country. One in every 800 Coloradans has MS, compared to one in 10,000 in Texas. Further, 73 percent of those stricken with MS in Colorado are women.

The walk in Glenwood Canyon began at 9:30 a.m. at the No Name rest stop. Participants followed the canyon bike path along the Colorado River to Grizzly Creek and back. Walkers and runners of all ages joined the effort, receiving balloons from local cheerleaders and generous congratulations by volunteers and supporters at the finish line.

“Lots of people with MS made valiant efforts to be out there,” Donelan said. “And they were successful.”

The Glenwood MS Walk is named in honor of her son, David Donelan, who died last year from MS at the age of 30.

Although fund-raising figures from Saturday’s walk in Glenwood Canyon were not available, 60 percent of the dollars raised will stay in Colorado.

The remainder will go to the national organization, with 20 percent of that spent on research. About 320 people participated Saturday.

All proceeds from the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast will also be donated to the Glenwood event.


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