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This Year’s ‘Walk MS’ A Huge Success

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Joan Doherty (left) with one of her friends at Walk MS (credit; CBS)

Joan Doherty (left) with one of her friends at Walk MS (credit; CBS)

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DENVER (CBS4) – Thousands packed Denver’s City Park for the annual Walk MS on Saturday. CBS4 is a proud sponsor of the event and CBS4’s Karen Leigh was the emcee.

All the money raised is going towards research to make living with multiple sclerosis a bit easier.

It’s not just a walk in the park for the group of about 9,000 people. It’s about the fight for a cure.

“Multiple sclerosis is an auto immune disease and it affects the central nervous system,” said Carrie Nolan with the National MS Society: Colorado-Wyoming Chapter.

“You kind of short circuit; it affects everyone differently,” Joan Doherty said.

Doherty and her group of friends all know she has the disease. They’ve joined her every year and raise money to help fund research. Within the past year they’ve seen their efforts improve Doherty’s way of life.

“I used to have to take a shot daily and I hated it, and now I take a pill every night,” Doherty said.

PHOTO GALLERY: Walk MS 2013

“In the last three years we have brought three new oral drugs to market. Before that, all of the drugs were injectables,” Nolan said.

As the walk started people from all different walks of life could be seen — some with more obvious effects of the disease than others. But together they are one — one group of people all affected by MS.

“It’s emotional, it’s very emotional. This is our fourth one and every year we feel like this is something we have to do and we want to do and we actually enjoy it,” walk participant Mike Kelly said.

This year’s walk raised more than $1 million for the national MS Society’s Colorado-Wyoming chapter. That beats last year’s numbers.

LINK: National MS Society: Colorado-Wyoming Chapter 

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