Sporting Orange In Rothschild As People Walk For MS

A sea of orange could be seen Saturday morning in Rothschild as people laced up their shoes and participated in the National MS Society's annual fundraiser Walk for MS.

Multiple Sclerosis, or MS as it is referred to, is a neurological disease affecting more than 2.3 million people world wide, which includes about 10,000 here in Wisconsin.

Walker Katie Lila knows the affects of MS all too well. She was walking for her mom who has been living with it for about 20 years.

"Her first symptoms of the MS were double vision, blurry vision and it sadly progressed quite rapidly after that," she said She went from a cane to a walker to a wheelchair like when we'd walk long ways like to the mall or wherever, but now it's a power wheelchair for about 10 years."

Her mom, Kathy Boehm, said she has a great support system, but there are things she wishes she could still do.

"Summer time watching people swim, go camping, stuff my husband and I used to do and I can't do it anymore," she said.

Both of them said being around people who understand what they're going through is a great source of strength.

"I get strength from being around these people, but most of all, I get strength from being around my mom," Lila said. "She's such an amazing woman and so many little have been taken away throughout the years, but her attitude and her perseverance through it all has been life changing."

This year, the walk broke record attendance with more than 600 people trying to bringing awareness. Walk MS Chair, Becky Courtney said their local goal is to raise $60,000 for MS research and education, which will contribute to the national goal of $50 million. Courtney said by the morning, they had already raised $35,000.

Donations for the Rothschild walk will remain open for the next month. If you would like to contribute or sign up for next years walk, click here to visit their website.

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