By Paige Harvey
A mob of people, young and old, gathered in the corner of the back parking lot at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. With a simple ‘here we go’ the 300 or more participants began their tread around the campus.
On Sept. 15 The National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Indiana Chapter held the “Walk MS”. Along with the 300 or more participants there were also approximately 50 volunteers.
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society website approximately 400,000 Americans have MS and each week 200 people are diagnosed.
The goal in holding these walks is to raise money to go towards finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. The walk at SMWC raised more than $40,000!
Meghan Greve, a sophomore and equine business management major, participated on ‘Team Greve’ this year in support of her aunt Judy.
Her aunt was 18 when she began experiencing numbness in her left side and was later diagnosed with MS.
‘Team Greve’ consisted of 18 participants including family and friends. Her team raised around $1,300 and was one of the top five individual fundraising teams. Greve has traveled to Boston and other walks in her hometown to participate in walks with her aunt.
She wants to start an SMWC team next year, especially since Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology had a team this year and Indiana State University students were volunteering.
Greve believes that each year this event is held it will continue to grow.
Participants in this walk are allowed to continue fundraising after the event for up to 30 days. Because of this Amanda Shelley, the public relations/marketing manager for the organization, feels they will reach their $45,000 goal.
If you would like to find out how to help raise money or find out more about MS visit www.nationalMSsociety.org for more information.