Hundreds to lace up for Walk MS

April Brownlee with the National MS Society shows off one of the many items for sale at this year's Vendor Expo at Walk MS 2013.

More than 500 people from across the Texas Panhandle are expected to walk toward a cure for Multiple Sclerosis at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's annual Walk MS event Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Caprock High School.

"Walk MS connects people living with MS and those who care about them," said April Brownlee with the National MS Society.

This year's goal is $106,000 to benefit the programs and services of the Society.

MS is a tricky disease more common in women that affects the ability of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord to communicate with each other. Brownlee said it's one of the most expensive diseases out there and the National MS Society is there to help folks navigate it.

"The funds raised go toward helping the people living with MS in our area. The money helps us to continue our financial assistance programs, research efforts and our ultimate goal of a world free of MS," Brownlee said.

Walk MS presented by Sam's Club is a three mile route, although Brownlee said walkers are encouraged to walk as much or little as they please. The event also features a Vendor Expo with more than 25 booths offering everything from jewelry to Tupperware to a chance to talk with a doctor.

Brownlee said there's no entry fee, but you're invited to make a pledge. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk at 10 a.m.

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Click here to listen to Storm Search 7 Meteorologist Brian James' (a member of the National MS Society Leadership Board) personalized forecast for the event.