Hundreds walk for MS in two Heartland events this weekend

(Source: Mike Mohundro/KFVS)
(Source: Mike Mohundro/KFVS)

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Over 100 people came out to the Walk MS event in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on Sunday, April 9. 

Walkers came together at the SEMO Recreation building and raised money and awareness for multiple sclerosis. 

Side by side they walked around the track for one mile and up to three miles or more. 

For one family, dealing with multiple sclerosis has been life changing for the whole family. 

"It really changed the way that our family dynamic worked a little bit," Erin Miller said. "She (Erin's mother) was in the hospital for a week when she was getting diagnosed. That was the week that we all learned how to use the dishwasher and do laundry and other things that she stepped up and done for us before. It's just kind of changed the way that we help each other and the way that we help her."

Cindy Miller of Cape Girardeau, Mo said she was diagnosed back in 2002 and has walked for the past 15 years at events like this every chance she gets. 

"I've been very blessed," Cindy Miller said. "It's not that difficult for me. I was diagnosed early and got on medicine early but I have friends that are very, not as blessed as I am with it and they struggle."

Recently, the FDA has announced the approval of Ocrevus for the treatment of primary progressive MS and relapsing MS, making it the first therapy for the treatment of primary progressive MS. 

Many feel this is a milestone for all who have been affected by multiple sclerosis and feel events like this have only helped for this breakthrough. 

The goal at the Cape Girardeau, Mo event was to raise $25,000. Walk MS was also in Carbondale, Illinois on Saturday, April 8 where their goal was to raise $35,000. Over 200 people walked for the Walk MS event in Carbondale, Il on Saturday.

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