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The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will host Walk MS in Billings on April 30, one of 21 Walk MS events taking place this spring across three states, including six in Montana.

More than 550 walkers are expected to gather at the LDS Church in Billings to help meet the chapter's goal of raising more than $2 million to support programs and services. The chapter serves more than 12,000 people with multiple sclerosis and 72,000 others including family, friends, caregivers and health care professionals throughout Alaska, Montana and Washington.

Multiple sclerosis is more prominent in the Northwest than almost anywhere else on earth. Funds support cutting-edge research to find a cure for this chronic and unpredictable disease of the central nervous system.

More than a fundraiser, Walk MS is a celebration of hope and moving forward.

People can participate in Walk MS individually, join a team or start a team. Volunteers are also needed.

WHAT: Walk MS to benefit the National MS Society, Greater Northwest Chapter serving 12,000 people living with MS in Alaska, Montana and Central and Western Washington

WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2011, Check-in 8:30 a.m., get walking at 10 a.m.

WHERE: 1000 Wicks Lane in the Heights, Billings

To register as a walker or volunteer, visit walkMSnorthwest.org, call 800-344-4867 or email walkMSnorthwest@nmss.org.

Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is diagnosed with MS -- an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis.

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