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. Before 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.