Hundreds Walk To Help Find Cure For Disease

More than 350 people hit the streets in West Fargo raising awareness for those suffering from multiple sclerosis.

Supporters released nearly 300 balloons to kick off the charity event.

“I think just seeing that community and that comradery at an event like this, joining together for awareness with MS but the funding is really huge. The comradery and support is just fantastic,” says multiple sclerosis fighter, Nikki Wood.

People of all ages, and even four–legged supporters, joined in on the cause.

The walk is expected to raise $50,000.

This will go to fund research aiming for a cure for multiple sclerosis.

“It is so important for people to come out and support those that live with MS. And we just spread awareness and we fundraise,” says National Multiple Sclerosis Society Community Engagement Manager Laurie Kuehl.

There are four other walks happening across North Dakota, but in Fargo, this walk means so much more to those living with the disease.

Wood says, “I attend this walk every year and I like to just spread awareness by talking openly about my disease and spreading the word.”

Wood was diagnosed in 2013.

For the past two and half years, her multiple sclerosis has been stable.

She says there are even days when she forgets that she lives with the illness.

For people battling this fight, Wood has a message, “It took a lot of time but if you’re able to recuperate, try to push it through your mind and keep moving forward.”

North Dakota is part of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upper Midwest Chapter.

The group hopes to reach their goal of $2 million.

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