HOLLIDAYSBURG - Plans for Walk MS 2012 have been announced. The walk will be held April 22 at the Hollidaysburg Area Junior High School, beginning with registration at 1 p.m. and the walk at 2 p.m.
The route of the three-mile walk is handicapped accessible, and the walkers will be led by Steve Kelsey of WFGY-FM 98.1 and Carolyn Donaldson of WTAJ TV.
Individual walkers, teams and volunteers can sign up at www.nationalmssociety.
Members of the MS Walk 2012 Blair County Planning Committee are (from left): Carolyn Donaldson, WTAJ TV; Art and Mary Ann Chamberlain, representing AFSCME District Council 83; Diane Lidwell and Tasha Marasco, representing Altoona Regional Health System; and Steve Kelsey, WFGY-FM 98.1.
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According to Sharon O'Keiff, manager of the Keystone Branch Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, approximately 1,000 walkers are expected to participate to reach the goal of $83,000. Walkers collect flat donations.
Walk MS is the society's signature fundraising event across the nation.
"The monies raised from Walk MS 2012 will help improve the quality of life for the 7,500 people with MS living in Western Pennsylvania," said Anthea L. Germano, public relations director for the society's Keystone Branch.
"Walk MS and other events raise essential funds for research, education and direct services for people with MS, along with their families and caregivers.''
At the conclusion of the walk, participants are invited to gather for food, refreshments and entertainment hosted by Kelsey and featuring guitarist Steve Summerhill.
The MS Walk 2012 platinum sponsor is Peoples Natural Gas.
Western Pennsylvania sponsors are Mylan, Biogen Idec, Acorda Therapeutics and EMD Serono.
Blair County sponsors are WTAJ TV, WFGY, Subway, Papa John's Pizza, Wal-Mart Distribution Center 6047, Subway in Duncansville, Marianna's Fundraisers, Roaring Spring Bottling, Best Way Pizza, Sam's Club, Pizza Hut, Arby's, 611 MRI, Pepsi and Imler's Poultry.
Locations and dates of other Walk MS 2012 events within the Keystone Branch are:
Bedford County - Shawnee State Park, Schellsburg, April 22.
Cambria County - Holiday Inn, downtown Johnstown, May 6.
Clearfield County - Treasure Lake Lakeview Lodge, DuBois, April 29.
Indiana County - Indiana County Area Senior High School, April 29.
The Keystone Branch Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society covers Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Clearfield, Indiana and Jefferson counties.
For more information about Multiple Sclerosis and Walk MS 2012, call the Keystone Branch office at 696-1017 or visit www.nationalmssociety.org/pax.
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