“We’re spending more money on research now than ever before,” she said.
“It is an exciting time (for MS research).”
HOPE FOR CURE
A recently approved oral medication is the first drug of its type, Bradshaw said. Traditionally, MS treatments involve medications that are injected with syringes.
The walk brings in donations through sponsorship, she said. Walkers collect pledges beforehand, and some also contribute themselves.
“Every little bit helps,” Arena said of Sunday’s fundraiser. “The more people know about (MS), the more people will get involved.”
Arena said she and her mother have confidence that research will provide improved treatments and, someday, a cure for MS.
“They’re getting closer to bigger things,” she said. “With more funding, we could see big improvements.”
The Upstate New York chapter has 203 registered people with multiple sclerosis living in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties. Events like Sunday’s walk also help new people connect with the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Bradshaw explained.
The regional chapter covers 50 counties in northeastern New York and provides services for 12,000 registered clients.
“The Plattsburgh walk is important for us because we don’t have a big presence in that area,” Bradshaw said. “The closest office is in Albany, so we wanted to institute an event (in the Plattsburgh area) to help people rally together (in support of MS research and education).”
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TAKE THE WALK
Walk MS 2013 is set for Sunday at the U.S. Oval in Plattsburgh. Registration is at 9 a.m. with opening ceremonies set for 9:55 a.m.
A 1-mile and 5K walk are scheduled.
Participants can also register in advance at www.nationalmssociety.org and also find information on the latest development in research.
For more information, visit the Upstate Chapter website at www.msupstateny.org, call (800) 344-4867 or email email@example.com.