Lubbock Laces Up Their Shoes for MS Walk - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/12/03

Lubbock Laces Up Their Shoes for MS Walk

More than 300 MS supporters hit the trails of Mackenzie Park in the hopes of fighting a debilitating disease that affects the central nervous system.

"The MS Walk is one of our biggest fund raisers for the National MS Society, and basically what we're trying to do is raise money nationwide to help end the devastating effects of MS," says Joni Cox, National MS Society.

Effects like: lost eyesight and trouble walking, both of which Rachel Smith knows all too well. She was diagnosed with the disease three years ago.

"It's a real scary feeling to find out something like that, but you have to be strong," says Rachel Smith, an MS patient.

And her strength comes from fund raisers like the MS Walk.

"This is amazing to me, for this many people to show up. Of course, it means a lot to me but to see this many people getting this involved means a lot to us," says Rachel.

It's a five mile walk around Mackenzie Park and these people are taking steps to finding a cure for MS.

"To find a cure is the most important thing in any stage of MS," says Rachel.

This year's walk will put more than $170,000 towards finding a cure. But until then, Rachel is optimistic about fighting the disease.

"I am determined to beat it. I don't want it to control me. I'm gonna take control, and I know what my limits are," says Rachel.

Rachel Smith has started an MS support group called "New Beginnings." Their first meeting is Monday night at 7:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn on Indiana and the Loop. It's free to anyone who has MS or knows someone dealing with the disease. The meetings will be once a month.

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