Hundreds of people participate in Walk MS 2015

MS Walk held Saturday

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Thousands of people in our area are silently suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, and a local initiative is raising awareness about the disease.

The Walk MS 2015 event was held Saturday at Golden Park in Columbus. Registration began at 9 a.m. the walk started at 10 a.m..

It was free to walk, and there was face painting, food, and a DJ will be playing music.

Lori Kiker, a person with MS, described the disease: "MS is like if you have a toaster and the electrical cord gets frayed the power doesn't get all the way to the toaster; it hampers it (the toaster). That is how it gets to our brains. If you ask me something it takes a minute to get to my brain."

The group has raised $19,000—this surpasses their goal of $15,000. If you or a person you know needs someone to talk to about the disease, you can call MS Support group at 706-575-6925.

According to The National MS Society, more than 2.3 million people are affected by MS worldwide.

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