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Walk MS event set for April 24

| April 13, 2010 9:00 PM

By NICK ROTUNNO/Hagadone News Network

COEUR d'ALENE - In the ongoing fight against multiple sclerosis, every dollar counts.

On Saturday, April 24, the annual Walk MS will take place in Coeur d'Alene. Hundreds of participants will assemble for a two or five-mile jaunt, some walking, others running, all raising money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

MS is a chronic neurological disease that currently has no cure. According to the MS Society, another person is diagnosed with the disease every 60 minutes. Last year, the Cd'A walk raised almost $50,000 - money that will go toward medical research and, hopefully, an eventual cure.

Marlene Martin, the executive director of Shoshone County Housing, is assembling a Silver Valley team for this year's Walk MS. As team captain, she's gathering participants, raising funds and spreading the word about a very meaningful - and very fun - event.

"I have a personal interest in doing the walk," said Martin, who's participated in four Cd'A MS Walks and captained two valley teams. "My sister has MS. And I just think it's important that we attract a little more attention to it."

Each team member will be responsible for his/her personal fundraising. Walkers can approach friends, family, local businesses or restaurants, and ask for a pledge. Martin hopes to raise $250 herself, but any amount will do. Those who reach certain fundraising goals are eligible for neat prizes.

The Cd'A course curls along the shoreline of Lake Coeur d'Alene, offering scenic views and a healthy workout. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. at North Idaho College; the walk starts at 10.

"It's real fun. You gather in the morning, and there's all sorts of different booths and promotions," Martin recalled. "It's really festive. It's just really a fun walk. It's beautiful too, because it goes down by the lake."

Those who would like to participate in the MS Walk should contact Marlene Martin at 512-2411.