Walk MS Challenges Local Businesses To Form Teams

The Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society encourages local businesses to join the movement to create a world free of MS by forming a corporate Walk MS team. 2010 Greenville Walk MS is scheduled for Saturday, May 15 at the ECU Stadium Complex.

Every year, hundreds of companies—from small businesses to leading corporations like FedEx, Wachovia, Starbucks, Bank of America and Clear Channel—enter teams in Walk MS events. These teams choose to participate because the multiple sclerosis cause is vital to their community, corporate teams are easy to implement, and it’s a fun and rewarding experience for their employees.

When companies form teams in Walk MS, it increases the company’s visibility and overall image in the community while helping to build stronger rapport with employees, clients, and investors. In fact, according to the Cone Corporate Citizenship Study, 77% of potential employees say that a company’s charitable activity plays a role in their employment decision. Additionally, a majority of Fortune 1,000 executives surveyed by Cornell University called team-building the most important skill of successful business leaders.

“Corporate teams at Walk MS are seen, recognized and celebrated for their partnership and commitment to achieving a world free of Multiple Sclerosis,” says Shannon Hinson, vice president of development for the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. “These teams help promote their company’s reach while fostering a sense of community and purpose amongst co-workers.”

Walk MS, an annual fundraiser for over 20 years, is an opportunity for the community to support the estimated 4,900 individuals who are living with multiple sclerosis in eastern North Carolina. Greenville Walk MS has set a fundraising goal of $65,000.

Sixty percent of all the funds raised will go toward programs, services and advocacy for people living with MS in eastern North Carolina, and 40 percent supports national research to find the cause and cure of MS.

In addition to the one and four-mile walk routes for the Greenville MS Walk on May 15th, the event will feature entertainment, kids’ activities and lunch.

For more information on event sponsorship or to register, click HERE or call 1-800 FIGHT MS.

Walk MS will be held in four additional locations including Goldsboro, Fayetteville, Raleigh and Wilmington throughout the spring.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. The Eastern North Carolina Chapter, located in Raleigh, serves the over 4,900 individuals affected by MS in our 49-county area. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS. In 2009 alone, through our national office and 50-state network of chapters, we devoted over $132 million to programs that enhanced more than one million lives. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested nearly $36 million to support 375 research projects around the world. We are people who want to do something about MS now. Join the movement at nationalMSsociety.org.

About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and over 2.1 million worldwide.


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