2013-04-25 / Front Page

Walk for multiple sclerosis raises $2 million statewide

More than 400 participants take part in New Jersey Metro Chapter’s walk in No. Brunswick
BY KATHY CHANG
Staff Writer

More than 400 participants took part in the annual New Jersey Metro Chapter Walk MS event, held on April 14 at Babbage Park, North Brunswick.

Twelve walks around the state achieved the goal of garnering approximately $2 million, according to Bonnie Bardinas, spokeswoman for the New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The ultimate goal, chapter members said, is to create a world free of multiple sclerosis (MS), which is a neurological disorder that attacks the central nervous system, interrupting functions between the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.

New Jersey Metro Chapter President Jim Roberts said Walk MS is their chapter’s rallying point.

“[It’s] a time and a place for us to stand and be together, [and] to help raise critical funds that support cutting-edge research, drive change through advocacy, facilitate professional education and provide programs,” he said. Nicola Foti, of Middlesex, was named Most Inspirational Walker for the event.

Many in the community participated in the walk, including the North Brunswick Township High School boys lacrosse team.

The team’s coach, Chris Waddell, said the boys wore their blue lacrosse jerseys and raised $2,682, exceeding their goal of $2,500.

Roberts said the walks have been a crucial part of helping 13,000 New Jersey residents and more than 400,000 people nationwide move forward with their lives. Walk MS is one of New Jersey’s largest and most widespread organized walks, with all funds raised from the event going to support critical MS research programs and to fund local programs and services for those impacted by the disease.

The first Walk MS events in New Jersey were held in 1990 in only a few towns across the state.

For more information, visit nationalmssociety.org/njm.

Contact Kathy Chang at kchang@gmnews.com.

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