It may be a couple of months away, but the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Lloydminster Chapter is already gearing up for their next Jayman Built MS Walk, scheduled for Saturday, May 2.
Last year’s MS Walk drew 500 participants and garnered $200,000 in donations, both new records for the Lloydminster Chapter. The MS Society hopes to raise both bars again this year.
“Despite the economic uncertainty that this community is certainly facing, we have full faith that this community will once again step up and support those that are living with MS,” said Johanna Green, the MS Society’s Lakeland regional director.
For the second consecutive year, the Jayman Built MS Walk features timed running distances and casual walking routes. The morning will kick off with the five-kilometre run at 9:30 a.m., followed by the 10-kilometre run at 9:35 a.m. The walking portion of the event will start at 9:40 a.m. with the 10-kilometre walk, while the one and five-kilometre walks start at 10 a.m.
This year, the MS Society wants to inject some extra flair into the event and encourages participating teams to dress up in costumes or uniforms.
“The walk - while it’s focused on a very serious disease - is a really fun and inspirational morning,” Green said.
Multiple sclerosis affects an estimated 100,000 Canadians. While a known cure remains absent, the MS Society continues to provide support and treatment for its sufferers and helps to improve day-to-day living.