UW-Platteville to host third annual Walk for Multiple Sclerosis

April 22, 2013

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — In conjunction with spring and good weather for a good cause, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and the Wisconsin chapter of the National Society of Multiple Sclerosis will host the third annual Walk for Multiple Sclerosis, or WalkMS, on Sunday, April 28. Registration begins at 9 a.m. in Velzy Commons in Ullsvik Hall. Chancellor Dennis J. Shields will give an address at 10 a.m. along with WalkMS committee member Kim Martens. A student group will sing the National Anthem, and the walk will begin thereafter. The event is designed to raise funds as well as awareness for MS, and last year, students, faculty, staff and community members from the Platteville area raised more than $17,000 for the MS Society. 

“It is likely that everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by MS,” said Priscilla Hahn, learning specialist for Student Support Services, advisor to Students Planning for Success and WalkMS 2013 Planning Committee member. “The walk is designed as a free, fun family and student event to support those affected by MS and to raise awareness. Just as our logo says, we want to walk to create a world free of MS.” 

Students from different campus organizations can form their own teams, or participants may register individually or with friends at the day of the event. Participants will have the option of walking either a one-mile route or a three-mile route. The one-mile route will follow Main Street and loop around City Park, and the three-mile route will go around Smith Park. A silent auction will also be held in Velzy Commons with results available by noon. Approximately 210 people are expected to participate in this year’s event. 

“Each year has seen an increase in participants,” said Hahn. “Many MS patients are actually diagnosed in their 20s or 30s. WalkMS is something in which everyone can participate, regardless of age or ability, to show support and raise awareness.” 

Those interested in participating are encouraged to go to walkms.org and join an existing team or register individually. 

Contact: Priscilla Hahn, learning specialist, Student Support Services, (608) 342-1814, hahnp@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Angela O’Brien, UW-Platteville Office of University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,obrienan@uwplatt.edu

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