WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – More than 1,000 people took part in Sunday’s MS walk to raise awareness and money to combat multiple sclerosis.
The walk at Stanley Park in Westfield raised $70,000. That’s in addition to the more than $40,000 raised at Look Park in Northampton the previous day.
MS is a disease that attacks the immune system, causing sufferers paralysis, nerve damage and even loss of vision.
This was the first time the walk was held at Stanley Park.
“We’re excited about it,” said Regional MS Director Andy Dlutoemsky. “Everything ran smoothly, first year here, but we’re excited about it.”
22News anchor Barry Kriger hosted the event, as Barry has done for many years.
Sunday’s walk attracted one of the largest number of people, who are anxious to raise the money they hope will eventually lead to a cure.
It’s estimated that 90,000 New Englanders suffer from MS.