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There are all kinds of reasons to participate in Walk MS. We are honored to share the quotes below from your fellow walkers. If you would like to share your reason for walking or provide an observation about the event, please send an e-mail including your name, Walk MS team name (if applicable) and the number of years you have participated in the event to: info.wisMS@nmss.org. Be sure to put “Why I Walk” in the subject line.

Why We Walk.

I walk in memory of my dad, Ralph, who passed away on March 21, 2012 after battling MS a very long time.  The first symptoms of MS occurred in my dad when my mother was pregnant with me, I am 54 years old.  I walk in honor of my mother who cared for my dad 24/7.  Mom is really a special person.  I walk in support of my sister who was diagnosed with MS 10 years ago.  My hope is that my sister can live in a world free of MS. 
Donald Bruckert, Team Ralphie, Menomonee Falls, 1st time participant

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I was diagnosed with MS on October 14, 2011 and I am making a commitment today to participate in my first Walk MS. I just completed my online registration to participate in the Rock River-Janesville event on May 6, 2012. I’m encouraged that one day a cure will be discovered!
Kathleen Wellnitz, first-time walk participant

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I walk for MS because the money I raise will go to finding a cure for my mothers MS...if the cure is found my mom will be happy and healthy...lets hope they find a good cure with the money we all raise.
Samantha Caravella

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I walk because I've read that MS is among the top 10 diseases most likely to be cured in our lifetimes. That means that the money donated has a direct impact on the likelihood of finding a cure for MS. I was diagnosed with MS in 2008 and experienced MS symptoms for at least a decade prior to diagnosis. This year marks my second MS walk. If my MS-fatigue is too severe, I plan to just sit and smile!
Christine Hartelt

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If you want to go to bed at night with a feeling of self-satisfaction and genuine happiness, you participate in Walk MS!
Vonnie Voight, Walk MS: Brown County committee member, walk participant 16 years

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A few years ago we put together an Optimists Club walk team. I arrived at the Milwaukee walk with my family and found our team. I was so humbled by the size of the group. There were 48 people: Optimist Cub members, their family members and even a family dog! I was so overcome with joy. People want to do something for us; they just need to be asked. 
Robyn Turtenwald, Walk MS: Menomonee Falls committee chairperson, Wisconsin Chapter Board of Trustees member

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I have MS, it does not have me. I know people who say, "Why me?" But I say, "Why not me?" I have family and friends who give me great support.
Jessica Simon, Walk MS: Manitowoc-Two Rivers committee member

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As far back as 1992, my family (mom, dad, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, children and spouses), began volunteering at the Appleton walk. After a few years, we set out to create the same success in the Green Bay area. Today, 15 years later, it warms my heart that the Brown County walk continues to thrive and generate the much-needed funds for research and client services.
Arita "Peach" Robinson, Walk MS: Brown County committee member, walk participant 18 years

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I have had MS for 21 years. This May I will have done the walk for 21 years. Usually, I was in a wheelchair, but last year I actually walked to the first rest area. That was a very big accomplishment for me.
Carol Azarian-Miller, Walk MS: Milwaukee, walk participant 21 years

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I volunteer because, as the husband of an MS patient, I read about MS and watch the progress of research, and I can see where the money I raise is actually going. It’s an almost-instant reward.
Don Huston, Walk MS: Wausau-North Central Wisconsin committee member, walk volunteer seven years, Bike MS volunteer 10 years

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When MY OLDEST CHILD Andy WAS DIAGNOSED WITH MS at the age of 22, our family looked at the situation as fight or flight. We chose to fight. In 2009, Andy led the Fond du Lac walk, or should I say ran the walk and carried an orange flag for others to follow.  Our family will continue to fight, one step at a time, by helping with the Fond du Lac walk and other MS fundraising activities.
Cindy Koffman, Walk MS: Fond du Lac Committee Chair

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My husband Dan, who is on the Walk MS committee, suffers from MS. During my first walk eight years ago, I wasn't sure what to expect. I became very emotional when I saw all the people from volunteers to walkers to their dogs! It was just heartwarming to know that there were so many others willing to help find a cure for this disease. I remember it was a beautiful spring day and the sun was shining, but I had tears in my eyes. I will never forget that walk. Someday, we will find a cure!
Patti Rozinski, Walk MS: Fox Cities, walk participant 8 years

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We walk for our daughter who has MS, as well as for our friends and those in the community. The best part about Walk MS is the enthusiasm and joy you see in people’s faces, knowing that what they are doing is for such a good cause.
Mary Callaway, Walk MS: La Crosse, walk participant 1 year

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I'm the very lucky Walk MS volunteer who got to greet everyone at our La Crosse site. Even though I don't personally walk, who knew I did my best work sitting all day on my "backside"...truly demonstrating, not what I cannot do, rather what I can do.
Michael Sigman, Walk MS: La Crosse, MS Community Ambassador

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Walk MS is empowering. Regardless of age or mobility, everyone is welcome. The walk provides an environment where everyone can beat the blues! In 2008 the walk route went right through our neighborhood. Seeing the usually quiet street full of walkers was just wonderful. The people cheering us on from houses and passing cars really helped to encourage and support us!
Katie Fitzmier, Walk MS: Madison committee member, walk participant two years

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I think the walk is a great event for all even those who can’t participate in the walking part of it. I was diagnosed with MS in 2004 and find it is helpful to meet others with MS who understand my challenges (the ones that you can see, as well as the ones you can’t).
Sue Lerdahl, Walk MS: Madison committee member, walk participant five years

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My husband and I have walked two years in Waukesha and two years in Wausau. This is our second year volunteering. I have MS and I support the walk because I want to make sure researchers have the funds they need to keep working to find the cause and the cure A.S.A.P.
Carol Kober, Walk MS: Wausau committee member

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Who can I not get involved when my lovely wife, Peg, has this disease? I am excited and honored to be part of the inaugural walk in Janesville!
Jere Johnson, Walk MS: Rock River-Janesville committee co-chair

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I walk to make a difference. I walk because my daughter, Breanna, was diagnosed with MS at age 18. I walk for my brother-in-law, Jeff, who was diagnosed in 1987. I walk because the money I raise helps Wisconsin Families with MS. I walk for those who can’t. I walk because the Walk MS has become part of our family life (we’ve celebrated birthdays at the walk and even Breanna’s engagement). I walk because it is the right thing to do. I walk because I truly believe every step I take brings us one step closer to a cure.
Donna Mayer, Walk MS: Sheboygan, walk participant 15 years

 

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