Over the weekend a group gathered at the Senior Center to head out for the annual MS Walk in support of those in the community with the disease. MS, or Multiple Sclerosis, is a debilitating disease that affects the central nervous system and disrupts communication between the brain and body. According to the National MS Society, more than 2.3 million people worldwide have MS. Currently, there is no cure.
Fourteen years ago, the walk was started by Patricia Smith of Lusk to show support and raise money for research within the community. When they first started, the walk in Lusk was held in conjunction with the walk in Torrington. “Our ultimate goal that it’ll be our last year to walk because they’ve found a cure. Lots of people in the community have MS and some can’t walk, so it is [the walk] to support them” says Randi Ross, daughter of Patricia Smith. Randi, who along with her siblings, had been involved with the walk since her mother started it, now runs the event, placing flags around town prior to starting to guide the walkers. Ross says that money is raised by pledges before the walk begins. Donations can also be made, which Ross states she is happy to take year-round.
Following the walk, those attending were invited to return to the Senior Center for coffee and cookies. To make a donation to MS research, Randi Ross can be contacted at 216-0073.