COLONIE, N.Y. – Finding a cure to multiple sclerosis is becoming more important than ever, as the diagnosis of MS in Upstate New York is about twice the national average according to the National MS Society.
On Sunday, hundreds of people laced up their shoes to help find a cure.
Tonna Kappell was one of the many people who made strides toward ending MS at the Crossings in Colonie.
“I didn’t think I was going to be able to walk that mile, but now I feel I can,” said Kappell.
Kappell was diagnoses with MS, a debilitating disease that affects the central nervous system. In the Capital Region alone, there are more than 3,000 people living with MS.
The goal for the local chapter of the National MS Society is to raise $200,000 at the walk.
Those suffering with Multiple Sclerosis, to the families affected by it, came out the support the cause, like Virginia Dixon. Dixon and her family walked in honor of their mother, who suffered from the disease for many years.
The money raised will not only go toward research to find new treatments, but it will also help local programs set up to support people living with MS.
Sunday’s event in Colonie was only one of 17 walks throughout the state.