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Walkers get wet, but raise more than 40K in the MS Walk 2014 in Utica

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Steady rain blanketed much of the Mohawk Valley Sunday morning, and that meant a lot of umbrellas for the 25th Annual MS Walk in Utica.
 
The rain however did not effect the mood or the turnout.
 
Shari Mazzella, Director of Programs for the National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter, says she believes most of the 340 people who signed up for the walk, showed up.
 
Mazzella says Sunday's one mile or three mile walk around Acacia Village on the campus of the Masonic Care Community raised more than $40,000.
 
That money goes towards research to help find a cure for MS.
 
Mazzella says MS is known as a young person's disease, "Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the Central Nervous System.  It effects people in the prime of their life, usually between the ages of 20 and 50, so we really consider it a young person's disease."
 
Many of those so-called young people took part in Sunday's walk themselves, including Carey Ann Connors who was diagnosed with MS in 2003 and had more than 20 family members and friends on hand on Sunday wearing pink 'Team Care' tee-shirts.  Connors says the 'Care' is a play on her name which is Carey, but 'Car' for short.  She says this walk is truly inspirational, "It's an overwhelming feeling, to see everybody out here, every team is amazing."
 
Alyssa Alberico was diagnosed with MS in 2007 at the very young age of 16, she's now 22.  She had 35 family members and friends wearing red 'Team Alyssa' tee-shirts.  She says this disease is truly a tough battle, "When I was first diagnosed it started with muscle spasms and seizures, and then the numbness and tingling."
 

Alberico says her symptoms were first aided by a shot, but now she takes pills.  She says research is coming a long way, and hopes with fundraisers like this one all across the country, a cure is on the way. 

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