2008-02-01 / Health

MS Society looking for people to join the movement

Every hour someone is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic disease of the central nervous system for which there is no cure. Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and stops people from moving. For some, this means living with unpredictable symptoms that can come and go, like numbness and blurred vision. For others, there is more permanent damage, like paralysis. For everyone impacted by MS, it means not knowing what the day will bring and always being prepared for the unexpected, making it difficult to move forward in life.The Mid Jersey Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is looking for people to join the movement by participating or volunteering in the 2008Walk MS and Bike MS"Coast the Coast"Ride.

This year'sWalk MS is scheduled for April 13 at the following locations:Belmar/ Lake Como,Edison,Flemington, Freehold,Hamilton,North Brunswick, Sandy Hook, Seaside Park and Somerville. Walkers can stroll along the boardwalk overlooking theAtlantic Ocean or walk the streets of a quaint town with beautiful scenery and shopping.

The Bike MS"Coast the Coast"Ride is set for May 17 and 18. Cyclists can choose from four different tours and two different start dates - The Bike MS 25 mile,Bike MS 50 mile,Bike MS 85 mile, or Bike MS 170 mile (a two-day tour). Saturday's ride will begin at the WilliamT.Boylan Gym at Monmouth University.The shorter tours will ride a loop through waterfront communities, beginning and ending May 17.The MS 170 mile and MS 85 mile will cycle down the Jersey coast to the pinelands inTuckerton,where they will break for the day. Early Sunday May 18,MS 170 cyclists will return to the road to pedal the coast fromTuckerton to Cape May.New to the tour this year is the option to do a MS 85 mile starting on Sunday,May 18. These cyclists will register inTuckerton and cycle along with the 170 miles cyclists down to Cape May.

Funds raised from both events will support MS research and local programs for those living with the disease.Walking or cycling the destination is the same - moving toward a world free of MS.

For more information or to register, participate or volunteer forWalk MS, Bike MS"Coast the Coast"Ride or for information about Mid Jersey Chapter programs, call (732) 660-1005 or call (800) FIGHT MS, or visit www.nationalmssociety. org/njm.

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