MS Walk may draw 400 |

MS Walk may draw 400

Donna Daniels
Post Independent Staff

On Saturday, May 10, hundreds of folks will take to the Glenwood Canyon bike path in the 14th annual MS Walk.

Each year people walk all over the country on the same day in May to raise money for researching a cure for multiple sclerosis.

The walk begins at the No Name Rest Area on Interstate 70. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 8:30.

Walkers can get a good start on the day with a pancake breakfast prepared and served by the Kiwanis Club beginning at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. All proceeds will be donated to the MS Walk.

To avoid parking congestion at the No Name Rest Area, a free shuttle bus service will run from Glenwood Springs High School every 15 minutes, from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The buses will return to the high school parking lot from No Name from 10-11 a.m., also running every 15 minutes.

Every year, the majority of participants collect donations before the walk. Those who raise more than $100 receive a free T-shirt.

Anyone can join the walk and there is no registration fee.

“We’re hoping for about 400 people this year,” said race organizer Penny Donelan.

Last year the MS Walk in Glenwood Springs raised approximately $50,000.

MS is a disease of the central nervous system that eats away the myelin coating of the nerves.

Most victims, 73 percent, are women. Most are stricken between the ages of 30 and 40. And most are of northern European heritage and live in northern latitudes.

Colorado has one of the highest incidences of MS in the country, occurring in one out of 800 Coloradans.

Some people live with a mild case for decades but it can also cause rapid deterioration leading to death.

There is no cure for MS, although the development of new drugs in the last few years has proven to slow down the progression of the disease.

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