Walk MS 2013

Considering that March is MS Awareness Month, it is no surprise that cities across the US decided to host their annual Walk MS 2013 this month. I attended Walk MS 2013 in m hometown of Melbourne last weekend on March 16.

As a second-year walker, I was excited to continue the tradition with my friends and family. The walk took place in Viera, Fla., at the Church of Viera. I was pleased to see that the turnout this year was much larger than the previous.

This year, my family and I prepared for the walk by designing matching shirts and donating funds at registration. Before the opening ceremony took place, vendors opened booths that offered free items to those who were participating in the walk. Winn-Dixie and Starbucks donated breakfast items and coffee and local hospitals came to hand out free water-bottles with their logos on them.

A local woman that was in a wheelchair also set up a booth of her own. For a $5 donation, you could receive a key-chain that she hand-made with her favorite Winston Churchill quote, and on the back word MS in orange. Befodownload (2)re the walk was over, I made sure that I purchased one of these key-chains. They were ordinary key-chains, but the older woman who made them was quite unique. She was diagnosed with MS in 2005, and she wanted to give back to the MS community by making her own item to sell in order to donate all of the proceeds to the National MS Society.

As I walked the short route, which is 1 1/2 miles, I realized that I am lucky enough to have the support of and my family and friends that choose to walk with me each year. The love and care that they have given me regarding my illness throughout the years has made me stronger as an individual, and has made us stronger as a family. As long as there is no cure for MS, my family and I will continue to attend Walk MS each year in order to get closer to a cure.

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About writtenbybrooke

Hi, all! My name is Brooke, and I am currently a journalism student at the University of Florida. As a 22-year-old individual living with Multiple Sclerosis, I have learned that life experience comes from taking the most challenging obstacles in our lives and turning them into lessons. The purpose of this blog is to not only share my story with you, but to learn yours as well,whether you have MS, or know someone close to you with the illness. I also want to make this blog an oasis of hope for everyone who views it by posting life-changing quotes, inspiring research, interviews from MS survivors, and overall good news for everyone. So I hope you enjoy, and always be well. -Brooke
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