Walk for MS on Saturday in Glenwood Springs
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The Glenwood Springs MS Lifeline Walk for Multiple Sclerosis is a fun social event with a lot of smiles and positive people.
“It’s a real positive thing,” said Polly Malehorn of Glenwood Springs. “And it’s great to see and know a lot of people who are out there.”
Malehorn, 54, has participated in the MS walk in Glenwood Springs for the past 10 years. She was diagnosed with MS at the age of 27, and while the effects of the disease weren’t immediately noticeable, she eventually found that the activities she enjoyed were becoming more difficult to do.
Being an aerobics instructor, teaching aerobics became more difficult. She couldn’t run anymore, and hiking became difficult, too.
“So, I thought that swimming sounds good to me,” she said.
So, she dove in and began kicking. Swimming became a way for her to remain active. She swims at the Hot Springs Pool up to four times a week.
And while she enjoys swimming most days of the week, she looks forward to the annual MS Walk each May.
This is the 21st year for the annual MS walk in Glenwood Springs. The event is a five mile route from No Name rest area to Grizzly Creek rest area and back. People can run or walk, and shorter routes are available as well.
And even though she doesn’t walk in the event, Malehorn found a way to participate by riding a tricycle that she peddles with her hands.
“I think the main thing for myself and anyone with MS, if you can remain active then it really helps,” she said. “Because that is what it does. It takes away the ability to move. If you remain active and have a positive attitude, that is the best thing.”
Multiple sclerosis is a disease that affects the central nervous system by disrupting the flow of information from the brain to the body, which typically is diagnosed in people between the ages of 20 and 50. Seventy-three percent diagnosed with the disease are women.
Last year, close to 300 people came out for the event. And it means a lot for people like Malehorn to see such great community support. This year already has about 200 people signed up to participate, but according to event organizer Tricia Pallatt she expects to exceed last year’s numbers.
“It’s looking great so far,” Pallatt said. “It should be pretty fantastic.”
Last year’s event raised close to $50,000 for the Colorado Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. So far the event has raised $35,000, but Pallatt is encouraging more people to come out and participate.
To those participants living with MS like Male horn, the event means so much to have the support of her community.
“It means a lot to have people come out and support me and everyone else with MS, because everyone knows someone that has MS,” Malehorn said.
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