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National MS Society Mission

The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now-to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn't.

We help each person address the challenges of living with MS through our 50-state network of chapters. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.

  • We are moving research forward by relentlessly pursuing prevention, treatment and cure
  • We are moving to reach out and respond to individuals, families and communities living with multiple sclerosis
  • We are moving politicians and legislation to champion the need of people with MS through activism, advocacy and influence
  • We are moving to mobilize the millions of people who want to do something about MS now



Why I Walk

In Your Words

We are all here for the same purpose, to help move closer to a cure for multiple sclerosis. However, we each have a different reason for caring about this cause, a different motivation for being a part of this incredible event. On this page are some of the different reasons you have given us in your own words for why you chose to participate in Walk MS. On this page are some of the different reasons you have given us in your own words for why you chose participate in Walk MS. Tell us why you walk!

I walk for my mother-in-law Leah Bell who was diagnosed in 1997. I have been part of the family for 9 years and I love her more now than ever. She is strong, beautiful and courageous. I walk to find a cure for her and others fighting MS.

Leigha Bell
I am walking for my mom Linda Crossfield she has progressive, persistant MS. She was diagnosed in the early 80's despite the long difficult road MS has taken her down she still loves, smiles and is a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister and a friend. We love you MOM!

Erin Crossfield Morton 
I walk because of my beautiful children, extended family, and my awesome husband, but most importantly...me. I was diagnosed in 2000 and have been admitted into the hospital only 4 times. I teach and am a continuing student. I have so much to live for. Therefore, I walk for a cure!

I walk for who I consider to be my older sister. Her grandfather had MS and she found out last year that she does too. She has such a huge heart and goes through this horrrible process with her head high and a smile on her face. She is my inspiration when I feel like life is getting the best of me and I pray that some day we find a way to eliminate this disease. 

Jessica Rancourt
My power chair and I "walk" because I have primary progressive MS, and I want to contribute to research into solutions to halt progression. I was diagnosed in 1998 and am 67 years old, so I am too old to benefit from any new drug, but I walk to help others benefit in the future.

I am walking for my mother, Dawn Roberts, who was diagnosed with MS in April 2010.  She is the strongest woman I know.  She has not let this stop her from living her life to the fullest!  She is an inspiration to all of her children and grandchildren.

Nichol Roberts-Jackson 
I formed "Vonnie's Angels" 2 years ago. It was the first time my Mom had ever gotten to participate in an MS Walk. The excitement it brought her to see all the people working so hard to help fight this cause was out of this world. She was diagnosed in 1982. Over the years her body slowly deteriorated but her smile always stayed the same. As big and beautiful as you could dream. Although God called her home April of 2013, there isn't a day that goes by that I don't see that smile in my head. As a child of someone with MS I feel it is my duty to be the best advocate I can be.

Stephanie Dingee 
I walk for my aunt who was recently diagnosed with MS. She's one of the strongest people I know and I really look up to her. My aunt is such an inspiration to never give up. Don't stop believin', Aunt Kara!!

I walk for my daughter Arleigh who was diagnosed with MS in 2012.   She currently is 4 years old.  She has a very bright future, and I walk to support her dreams!

Tamy Geerts 

I'm walking to support my brother, Jack Leahy. This "beanstalk" is stronger than I could ever be and I'm honoring him and his journey in living with MS everyday. I love you Jackson!

I walk for my Sister Courtney. She was diagnosed with MS in 2009. She is an amazingly strong person and a wonderful mother to my two nieces. It is very rare when I hear her complain about having MS even though I know that she is in pain. She continues to fight everyday. I walk in hopes that there will one day be a cure for her MS so that it stops progressing and stops her pain. I would take her pain away if I could. I will continue to walk and show support in any way that I can. She is my Best Friend. I love you Court. MS SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!

I walk for my mom, Teresa who was diagnosed with MS many years ago. She once told me, "I have MS, but MS doesn't have me." I walk so hopefully one day she won't have to live with this disease anymore! I love you mom!

Andrew Zaccagnini
I walk for every person that has MS~~I was diagnosed 9-11-12. I will not let multiple sclerosis take over my life.

Tiffaney Hanchett
This has been a long road, being in the medical field I have seen many patients with MS, never did I think that I'd have a daughter with it. So I personally see where the money raised, through our walks, has helped with new medications.  My Yolandah is hanging tough, she has a great medical staff. But THIS is what makes her life easier....your donations. Thank you!!

Vicki....Yo's ma 
I walk for my mom, Marcia, who was my best friend...the best mom and grandma the world has ever seen. I walk for my maternal grandma, Shirlea, and I walk for my sweet friend Melanie, sister of my heart. I walk for all those who struggle daily with this disease, for their continued strength and courage. I walk to show my daughter that we can make a difference. I walk for love.

René Fredrich-Leitelt 
I walk because I want to prove that MS doesn't have me! I was diagnosed 10/10/12 and I want to see better treatment options for those of us that have it and I want to see a cure so no one else will get it!

Brie Gobeaux 
I walk for a cure and continued medical research and development. I was diagnosed 5 years ago and thank God every day that I am currently in remission. Being on medication for a brief period was incredibly difficult. On behalf of every person being treated for MS, I am compelled to support any effort that will provide care, comfort, and cure.

Connie Kurtz 
I walk because my kids deserve to run and play with their mommy now and always. I walk because I am inspired by the support and love that surrounds these AMAZING events. I walk because I will not let MS take one more thing from me and my family.

Lindsy Krauser 
I am walking not only for my mom who died of MS but for friends who are battling it.

Dianne Kohler 
I walk for my 24 yr old daughter Sherri and for the amazing efforts being made to find a cure for this disease. Keep walking!


I walk for my beautiful daughter who was diagnosed and struggles with this horrible disease every day with grace and courage. I also walk for my niece's husband who also suffers with this disease, but always has a smile on his face and is always there for her and their kids. I also walk for the millions who are suffering.

Mary Boyer 
I walk for my wonderful son Todd. Diagnosed in 2011, despite this awful disease he still maintains dignity and optimism and is an example for all our family.  On his own he quit smoking, follows a gluten free diet and gets all the education he can on MS. I walk for a cure so he can keep on walking, and so he can see how very proud of him I am. For all with MS keep up the good fight!

Kathy Napier
I walk with my husband Mike. My best friend for over 30 years who was diagnosed in 2003.  I walk with my beautiful daughter, Lindsay who was diagnosed in August of 2013. I walk with them and I am inspired by their courage and devotion to this debilitating disease. I walk for hope that one day soon, with your support MS will be a disease of the past. I walk...

Kathy Kahayian 
I walk for those who can't, because God has granted me the ability to do so still. I was diagnosed in 2004 and then in 2007 my cousin was diagnosed.  In 2011 a very dear friend  was diagnosed. We walk for our children, hoping to find a cure or possibly something to prevent our kids from going through this. With amazing support from our friends and family we all walk together to help raise awareness and to maybe bring us a few steps closer to a cure. We walk because who knows when it will be our last step.

Megan Smith
I walk for my husband Mike, who was diagnosed 16 years ago.  I walk for my daughter Jenny, who has a passion to end MS. I walk for my grandchildren - in prayer they never have to deal with this disease personally.

Cheri Johnson 
I WALK because I still can. I was not walking in January of 2012.  Today, I am walking. Every step is a victory. :-)   acappellasing 
My brother-in-law (my brother's life partner) was just diagnosed with an agressive form of MS.

Lori Lawrence Strand
I am walking because of my diagnosis in June 2010. I was diagnosed with RRMS.  This is not the end of my life, the rest of my life is just beginning. I may not be able to walk for a long time or I may not be able to remember a lot but I am fearless, I am a fighter and I won't stop.

Matara Greene 
I walk for my mom who was diagnosed in the early 90's and is now in a wheelchair.  I also walk for my children, my fiancé, my family, friends...because I too have MS, was diagnosed in June 2009.

Krista Poirier 
I am walking for my mom who was diagnosed with MS over 20 years ago.

I walk for those who can't, because God has granted me the ability to do so still. I was diagnosed in 2002 and thank God every day that I am currently in remission.  On behalf of every person being treated for MS, I am compelled to support any effort that will provide care, comfort, and cure.  I will not let MS take one more thing from me and my family. I walk because I want to prove that MS doesn't have me.

I walk for my girlfriend Kim. She has MS and is the most courageous and inspirational person. She bravely follows her treatment plan and has not let the disease slow her down. I admire her for the way she deals with everything and am proud and honored to walk to support her.

I walk for my "best friend, Chris and my cousin Amy" and in hopes that there might someday be a cure.

I walk for my sister Sue and my niece and everyone else with MS. Sue is a wonderful wife, mother and sister. We need to find a cure for this disease. People need to be more aware of this disease.

Pam Travis
I walk for my little brother Nick. He was diagnosed with MS last year in 2013. I created and became a team leader to support him in every way I can. My brother means the world to me. He struggles with this disease daily yet never complains. He is my inspiration to raise money for a cure. He is why I walk.

I walk for those who can't. I walk for those who are newly diagnosed and are anxious about or fearful for the future. I walk because when doctors said I had MS in 2006, what resonated in me was that this sickness was "not unto death". I'm determined to not let MS overtake my life, and to keep moving for as long and as far as God blesses me! 

Jill L. Day
I walk for my mom Barbara Jean Bentley. Over the span of 15 years I watched MS slowly take away her quality of life before she passed away. I walk to support people like my mom and their loved ones.

I walk because, if she were still alive she would too!  Life Goes On!



I walk for my daughter Megan. She was diagnosed with MS at 17 and is 27 now. She has been fighting this devastating disease for over ten years now. She is so strong and an inspiration to many. She struggles everyday and yet never complains. I pray that one day in the future there will be a cure. It breaks my heart as a mother to watch my daughter struggle.

I walk in memory of my sister Donna Fassett-Schulze.  She was the most beautiful, intelligent and caring person. She had progressive MS and watching her fight it was the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life.  She was my best friend and my mentor. I miss her everyday. I walk because to support all those still fighting, I walk to help find a cure, I walk because I can and every step I take I remember all the good times we shared.

Sharon Fassett 
I walk for my mother, Sarah Brooks who was diagnosed with MS in 1987.  She has battled this disease for over 20 years and is still in good spirits. Mom this is for you! :-)

I walk because MS has affected so much of my life and every dollar assists in finding advancements towards a treatment and a cure for MS. Either would not only help myself, but so many others. Let's start now towards a positive future.

Jeff and Janice Young
I walk because I am turning 60. When I turned 50 my goal was to ride my bike across Michigan and I achieved that goal. In 2012 I was diagnosed with MS. Now my goal is to be able to walk 5k. I want to make this walk with my family and friends to support research to find a cure for MS.

I walk to win!...to win over MS.

Diagnosed in 1987 
I walk for my mother who passed away from MS on December 12, 2013.  She was a wonderful mom, wife, nana and friend. She never complained and she had MS for 40 plus years.  I miss her every minute of the day.

I was diagnosed in 1998. And I walk, because I still can.

Jennifer Cady 
I walk for my mom Vanessa who lost her fight due to complications from MS in 2005.

I am walking for everyone! I'd like to help make the world a better place.  This year in particular, my thoughts are with my dear friend Maria. 
Hello, I am Mr. J. Goemaere. I was told I had MS for over five yrs. Then told 1005 I don't have MS. The MonSter family was always standing and helping me. So, I now stand by the MonSter family. God Bless each one of us.  I walk for my family, my husband and the family we plan to grow! I was diagnosed in 2008. I walk because at one point I couldn't, it's truly a blessing!!

I walk for my brother-in-law, Nick. Dealing with MS had been a challenge for both him and his family. Fatigue takes away from his family and free time. Numbness and pain cause everyday routines to become a hassle. Nick is a strong person, he always does his best to pretend its not there, he tries not to let it get the best of him. I hope someday there will be a cure, before any more serious symptoms occur. Keep fighting! Stay strong! I love you!  I walk for my daughter Holly, who was diagnosed in 2005, and for my son Mike, who was diagnosed later that same year. I also walk for my dear sweet friend who lost her battle with this dreaded disease many years ago. In memory of Christine Freeman, and in memory of Dorthea Marie Princing, and many wonderful friends of our family. We walk for all of those who have this disease, and hope I live to see this disease a thing of the past.

Sherry Canterbury 
My beautiful mom was diagnosed in 2012. I will join her and our amazing friends and family to walk for a cure. The walk will be on the weekend of my mom's 60th birthday, and we will walk to celebrate this birthday and look forward to many more!

My daughter-in-law, Mandy, was diagnosed 6 years ago. My friend Cindy has been battling it for years. I walk for them-to find a cure and a world free of MS!

Char Kimball 
Yes I Walk! I walk for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis everywhere.
I walk for more solutions...
More Solutions to Cure MS
More Solutions to Live a more Successful Life with MS
I Walk for More Smiles While Living with MS
I Walk to Manage Symptoms of MS
I Walk to Make Sense of the Challenge - Living with MS
I Walk to Win!

Simone A. Taylor 
Diagnosed in 2000, did not know of the Walk MS events until 2008; have been involved since to support until last year when my family could walk with me. Phoebe, Libbie & Adele are all the reason I need!

I am walking for my brother, Antonio who passed away July 17, 2010. He was 39. The progression of the disease was overwhelming for the family. Since that time I have seen the progress that has been made to support MS and families. I walk in his memory.

I am walking for my sister-in-law, Cathy Haas McCraith who we lost at age 62 due to complications from MS. I walk for my other sister-in-law, Michele McCraith Wargo who battles with this disease every day with such grace and strength. I truly love these two women. Last but not least, I walk for my younger sister, Joni Rosenthal, she is an inspiration to all who meet her. Always positive and up beat. She rarely lets anyone know if she is having a bad day. Just deals with it and goes on. These women are truly amazing. Medicine is helping Michele and Joni and we look forward to future breakthroughs.  This is why I walk.

Connie McCraith
I walk for my mom because she fights a daily battle with MS, but doesn't let it run her life. No amount of sleep could help with the kind of tired that she feels every single day of her life. She is the strongest person that I know. Even though she is scattered brained at times and sometimes gets frustrated with her illness, she doesn't let it stop her from anything. She always puts others before herself, even when she doesn't feel well. I walk for her because she is strong for me.

Leah Kachur 
I walk for my cousin, my two good friends, Sharon and Nancy and my husband. I am in awe of the courage and perseverence they show in the face of MS. May we find a cure in our lifetime!

Eileen Dana's 
I walk for my husband who still has a great sense of humor despite what he goes through every day. He is truly amazing!

This is my second year of walking...I am a person that was diagnosed with MS in 2012.  I will walk as long as I can!!! I am surrounded by my family and friends that have supported me from day 1 and I will be forever grateful to them for their love and support. I walk for everyone that has MS that may not be able to participate...while I wait for a cure!!!

Chris Sokol-Palazzolo 
I walk for my beautiful daughters, so when they grow up they know mommy did everything she could to fight this disease, so they might see a world free of MS. I was diagnosed in June of 2011 on my middle daughter's 7th birthday and have been fighting ever since. I have the support of my daughters, my wonderful boyfriend and my family...I also walk for those diagnosed with MS who don't have a support system and loved ones to lean on when they are struggling. I walk for everyone affected by MS in hopes some day there will be no more MS.

A. Ulbrich 
I walk for my mother Christine. She lost her battle with MS and I walk in her honor and for everyone else who can't.

To create a world free of MS. I walk for everyone. Those who have MS and those yet to be. I walk for our children, their children and their children's children. I was diagnosed Dec 2012.

Karen Kroppa 
I walk for myself, diagnosed in 2011, and for everyone else who has MS. I am able to walk with no issues and will continue to do so every year for as long as I can in support of everyone who cannot, and in support of finding a cure!

I am walking to support everyone with MS and I pray that one day each and everyone of you be healed in Jesus' name, amen and god bless.

Frances Hightower Cook
Multiple sclerosis affects millions of people, including many of my loved ones.  I had a sister and brother-in-law that have already lost their battle with this disease, at too young of an age. I also have two nieces and some friends of my family with MS as well.  I see the brave faces they have to put on just to get through a normal day. They all deserve to live a life free of this debilitating disease, that's why I registered for Walk MS. Walk MS is where we connect and each step we take brings us closer to a world free of MS!

Mary McKenzie 
I am walking for a beautiful, smart, caring and all around amazing young lady; Breanna. Her smile is contagious and anytime I'm around her I feel and see nothing but beauty. At 14 she was diagnosed with MS and I am committed to doing any and everything I can to show her and others with MS that there ARE people out here that care!!! Please help us spread the word!!! Love u Bre!!!!

Jenn Twining #TeamBreezy 
i am walking for my sister christine who had ms we lost her last august i still miss her smile and her brave attitude  gone but not forgotten she truly was an inspiration to all of us love your sister rosie alias porky 
I walk for myself and all the others who are affected by the horrible disorder. I was diagnosed with MS in 2002. I have been lucky enough to receive medication that helps slow the progress of this disease, but it doesn't stop it. We need your help please.

I am walking to stop MS. I may not be able to walk very far or very fast but I want to be a part of such an amazing event with such amazing people. I have MS and I struggle with symptoms every day, but I am not going to let it ruin me. I want to walk for myself, my mother in law who passed away from MS, and for every other person who has been affected by this disease. This includes all the family and friends who have a loved one with MS. Let's put an end to this for good!!!

Cynthia Schwartz
I walk because even going from 7 injections to 3 means more than most could ever know!  It'll just keep getting better!!!!  I walk because I benefit from the science behind research. I walk because I can. I walk because I want a cure to be found. 
I walk for my mom, Peggy. She was diagnosed with MS when I was a baby. I don't remember a world without MS. I stand by her in everything and I will continue to walk by her side.

Kim Reeve DeLong
I am walking for my kids, in hopes that they never have to deal with multiple sclerosis like I have since the birth of our son in 1990, then again in 1993 with the birth of our daughter :). Happy times in our lives that were disrupted by MS :(. With a wonderfully supportive husband and great kids, I have been battling this disease since then, getting optic neuritis first, then labyrinthitis, then shingles, but I am on Tecfidera now, I started MS at 24, just turned 50, hoping for a cure to be found soon. :). My faith in God has gotten me through all of this :) and a very supportive family that helps with everything, thank you so much :)


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Share your motivation, whether it's to honor or support a particular individual living with MS who has inspired you to walk, for yourself, or just a general desire to get in shape or make the world a better place. 



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