Walk MS a success, organizers say

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By Traci Chapman

More than 1,800* people traveled to Mustang last Saturday to make a difference – they raised funds and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis.

The event was Walk MS, an annual event historically held at Oklahoma City Zoo. For the first time this year, the event was held in Mustang, and it was a success by all measures, MS development coordinator Beth Snyder said Tuesday.

“Mustang has been a welcoming town and the participants were very impressed with the Mustang Town Center that there is a strong possibility that Walk MS will return,” Snyder said.

This year’s goal was $160,000 and about $123,000 has been raised so far, Snyder said. Participants have until June 3 to complete this year’s fundraising efforts, she said.

Participants came from all over to be part of the event. From Mustang-based “United for Kenny,” a team formed and led by Kenny and Allison Reyes, to people from Tecumseh, Guthrie, Yukon, Norman, Newcastle and beyond, those young and all turned out to walk through Wild Horse Park in support of their friends and family who have battled MS.

“We’re here to make a difference, we just want to help,” Chris Sutterfield from Tecumseh said. “Every little bit makes a difference.”

*Beth Snyder with Walk MS said organizers estimated more than 1,100 attended the Saturday walk, although numbers weren’t finalized; city officials on Thursday said that number topped 1,800 people.