Walkers take a stand against MS
More than 260 people participated in the Southwest Oklahoma Multiple Sclerosis Walk in 2016, and organizers are anticipating 300 this year.
Registration can be done online now at walkms.org for the MS Walk that opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Lawton High School cafeteria. The walk begins at 10 a.m. by the cafeteria and will go through Elmer Thomas Park.
"Walk registration can be done online until Friday, then we will take walk-in registrations on the morning of the walk event," said Hailey Jones, co-chair for SWOK Walk MS.
This year's goal is to raise $40,000. In 2016, the walk raised $39,617. Most participants come from the Lawton area, but several groups come in from all around Southwest Oklahoma and Texas to participate, according to Jones. She said the largest walk team comes from Wichita Falls.
"The SWOK MS fundraiser is important because it brings awareness to our community and helps provide resources to those living with MS so they may live happier, longer lives," Jones said. "A majority of the event participants walk because they have diagnosed with MS or have a loved one who is or was affected by it."
Jones joined the SWOK Walk MS committee in 2016 in honor of her grandmother who was diagnosed with MS and passed away in 2008.
"This event allows me to stand up to this disease in a way that she never could," Jones said. "It allows me to be a voice for those living with MS, and allows me to show my community that someone is here for them, and they care."