3,000 expected to attend Walk: MS Salt Lake City on Saturday

Walk MS: Salt Lake City is Saturday and will draw 3,000 people from all parts of the state to Veterans Memorial Park near 7800 South and 2000 West.

Katie Harrison, who was diagnosed with MS in 2000, will attend the walk for the 17th time tomorrow.

“Oh my gosh, it’s so amazing. I mean, I get chills, I get choked up,” says Harrison. “I often cry, because it is such a beautiful display of people just coming together for a common (cause), to raise awareness for MS.

“It’s pretty amazing and the people that come, everybody is just smiling and beaming. Even the people that are there that have MS, it just means so much to us to have all of your support.”

Katie says she was diagnosed with recurring-remitting MS.

“It’s been a really hard and challenging road. But as all people know, multiple sclerosis is unpredictable and an often debilitating disease of the central nervous system.

“It’s different for every person. So for me, that’s kind of my experience and that’s what I go through when I have attacks. I don’t walk, or see or have small motor skills for about two weeks. And then I do come back and am able to walk and carry on a job and a life. There are just some others that aren’t as lucky as me.”

The MS Walk is expected to raise $190,000 for MS research and life-changing services for those affected by the disease.

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