MS walk draws nearly 400 locals to Canyon View Park

Published: Apr. 30, 2016 at 6:27 PM MDT
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More than 400 participants on Saturday in Grand Junction walked at Canyon View Park to raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis.

In the past, the walk has raised around $18,000 for those who may need a wheelchair ramp installed at their house, and for continued research.

The disease mainly targets those who are 20 to 40 years old, Sarah Hicks, 16, of Grand Junction was diagnosed with MS when she was just 11 years old.,

“Coming out here and not being afraid of what you have, because everybody around here understands, and it’s just amazing that we can all come together and work together, no matter what we got going on, we can all come together, said Hicks.

The 16-year-old said that sometimes the disease prevents her from doing day-to day activities.

“It’s hard to go out in the day time and do certain activities because it’s so hot, that your body cannot function," she said. "I have a hard time doing school work because I can’t hold the pencil because my hands hurt," Hicks said.

The race featured a silent auction helping raise nearly $40,000 of their $60,000 fundraising goal, race organizers said.