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As a 4-year Leukemia survivor, Stacey Mertes is heavily involved in fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the American Diabetes Association. Her 7-year-old son, Logan, is a recently diagnosed Type 1 diabetic, but keeps Stacey on her toes with his own active fundraising endeavors such as the Columbia Tower climb (for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society), WaMu stair climb (for Cystic Fibrosis), and several triathlons and other stair climbs around the city. Originally from a suburb of Chicago, Stacey has lived in many of the local neighborhoods (including spending 11 years next to the Pike Place Market), since graduating from the University of Washington. She finally settled down in the most diverse zip code in the country, Columbia City, where she enjoys walks to the many restaurants, farmers market, and art events nearby. Her favorite hobby of late is finding the most fun “free” things to do around Seattle with her son. She loves movies, plays, visiting the Pacific Science Center and other museums, and finding those geocaching adventures.

Multiple Sclerosis Walk At University Of Washington Campus

Grab your outdoor gear, sunglasses and philanthropic attitude and join one of 21 walks in Washington, Alaska and Montana, walking four miles to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. Walks will occur in Washington this coming weekend, April 14 and 15.

MS Walk

Team from Tacoma MS Walk (Photo Credit: National MS Society website)

The Seattle walk will occur on April 15, 2012 at the Alaska Airlines Arena on the University of Washington campus. All proceeds go to the National MS Society.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be mild–such as numbness in the limbs–or severe, including paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. Today, treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people affected by the disease.

Approximately 2.5 million people worldwide (400,000 in the United States) have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. In 1936, only 8 percent of patients were reported to survive beyond 20 years after onset of illness. In 1961, over 80 percent of Multiple Sclerosis patients were reported to survive for 20 years after onset of illness. The survival time continues to grow because of the funds these fundraisers raise to support education, research, and services for those living with the disease. The Pacific Northwest has one of the highest incidences of MS in the country. Some scientists suggest it is the deficiency in Vitamin D, but the reason is unknown.

MS Walk (Photo Credit: National MS Society)

So with that in mind, come out for the 4-mile walk around UW campus. All proceeds go to the National MS Society. For other walks in the greater Pacific Northwest, go to the MS Walk website.

WHEN: April 15, 2012.

Registration at 9 a.m. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. The walk begins at 10 a.m.

WHERE:
Alaska Airlines Arena
3870 Montlake Blvd NE
Seattle, WA 98195
Ph. 206-543-2200 ‎

Walk begins at Alaska Airlines Arena on the University of Washington Campus. For complete route map, go to the route for the MS Walk.

REGISTRATION: To register or donate to an individual or team, go to National MS Society MS Walk web site. You can also register on the day of the event.

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