Jefferson City MS Walk hopes to raise thousands

More than 100 people gathered at Memorial Park in Jefferson City for the 2nd annual MS Walk.

It was a beautiful morning for a walk in Jefferson City's Memorial Park.

More than 100 people gathered at the park Saturday to walk for MS, also known as multiple sclerosis. The disease affects the central nervous system, sometimes causing numbness, blindness, and even paralysis.

It impacts over 2 million people worldwide, and thousands in the mid-Missouri area.

The MS Movement brings communities, families, and friends of those suffering with MS together to walk and raise awareness of the disease, as well as raise money that goes toward finding a cure.

Michelle Walters, a co-chair of the MS Walk said, "The donations go to the MS Society in St. Louis. They use the money to fund research for MS to one day find a cure, they also help those who have MS with different walkers, you know whatever kind of medical expenses or needs they might have, they use it for that too."

Those suffering with MS wore green shirts and led the walk around the park.

Each walker had to raise at least $25 to participate, but many get sponsors to donate even more.

Walk officials said $11,000 was raised at last year's walk, and they are expecting an even higher total this year since the crowd was bigger.