The morning of April 15th, the Capital Pacific Portland team gathered together on the Portland waterfront alongside 2,000+ volunteers to help raise awareness and funds in the fight against Multiple Sclerosis in the Walk MS event put on by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
It was an atypical sunny Spring day in the Pacific Northwest and as Lance Sasser stated, “…anytime you can get some fresh air, support a great cause, and spend quality time with your coworkers along the waterfront on an 80 degree day is always worthwhile in my book!”
There was much energy at the start of the 3.10-mile walk with music and a drum line, and per Jason Kramer, “…the turnout was amazing and it was nice getting to hear how many lives have been impacted by this disease and what we can do to help, all in all a great experience!” All 2,000+ participants made a loop crossing from the west side of the Willamette River to the east side and back again via the Hawthorne and Steel Bridges. The Portland Walk MS event alongside other cities raised approximately $50M.
Funds raised from Walk MS accelerate breakthroughs that change lives and will end MS forever. Here are just a few of the powerful ways volunteering helps:
- The National MS Society is the largest private funder of MS research in the world leading to discoveries that have transformed treatment and care.
- People affected by MS have access to around-the-clock information, support and resources from the Society to help them live their best lives.
- Advances in understanding of the complex symptoms of MS have resulted in effective new ways to address them and ease the challenges of living with MS.
For more information on Walk MS or to donate click here.