When 13-year old Kaylee Pearson from Kuna is asked what Walk MS means to her she is not shy in telling people. “Walk MS means raising awareness of how having MS feels and what people with MS go through on a day-to-day basis, and it is participating in the fight to find a cure.”
On Saturday, April 20, Idahoans from throughout the Treasure Valley will connect with one another at Julia Davis Park for Walk MS Boise, presented by CBH Homes. The more than 1,500 participants and volunteers come with great purpose – to raise critical funds for research and help people in the community affected by multiple sclerosis.
“Each step made, to fundraise, to walk and to rally around those impacted by MS, is making a difference,” said Becky Lyttle, vice president of community development for Idaho’s National MS Society. “More than 20 years ago there were no treatments – today there are options. This progress won’t be possible without the efforts of those who support Walk MS.”
Kaylee is the Walk MS team captain for Kaylee’s Kites and started having MS symptoms when she was a toddler. After multiple doctor visits, a mix of symptoms including severe dizziness, jumbled speech, vision problems, hand and leg spasms, among other issues, she was diagnosed at just eight-years old. “To this day I live in fear of those awful flares, because we lived with them as part of everyday life for so long,” said Kaylee’s mom Stephanie Pearson.
The annual Walk MS Boise event aims to raise $84,000 in donations to help fund critical research and support local programs and services for Idahoans impacted by multiple sclerosis. There is still time to sign-up or support a team with a donation. Visit www.walkMSidaho.org or call 800-Fight-MS (344-4867), option 2.
Walk MS Boise
Saturday, April 20, 2012, Julia Davis Park, 8 a.m. – Check-in Opens, 9:45 a.m. – Program & Award Presentation, 10 a.m. – Walking Begins
There will also be a fundraiser for MS on the opening day of the Kuna Farmer’s Market on May 11 with raffle prizes.